The Andy Warhol Museum Appoints Bartholomew Ryan As Milton Fine Curator

Bartholomew Ryan has been described as "one of the most dynamic young curators in America today." Photo: Gene Pittman via Art Fix Daily

The Andy Warhol Museum has announced the appointment of Bartholomew Ryan as its Milton Fine Curator of Art.
Ryan will take up the position starting May 18.

“Bartholomew is one of the most dynamic young curators in America today, and his exhibition record and deep working relationships with some of today’s most compelling artists make him a perfect fit for The Warhol,” Eric Shiner, director of the museum, said in a statement. “The entire team at The Warhol is thrilled to welcome Bartholomew Ryan to The Warhol family and to Pittsburgh,” she added.

Irish-born Ryan was previously a curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. During his tenure, Ryan was involved in several successful exhibitions, the most recent of which is “International Pop,” which he co-curated with Darsie Alexander. The show, which opened last weekend, explores how pop culture and mass media influenced postwar and early contemporary art.

In 2013, he co-curated “Painter Painter,” which analyzed contemporary abstract painting, and “9 Artists,” which considered the role of the artist in contemporary culture through works by Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard (see Bjarne Melgaard Show at Munch Museum Faces Criminal Investigation and artnet Asks: Serial Provocateur Bjarne Melgaard), Nastio Mosquito, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hito Steyerl, and Danh Vo (see “Art-Flipper” Bert Kreuk Sues Artist Danh Vo for $1.2 Million and Danh Vō Revisits The Exorcist at Marian Goodman London).

“I am tremendously excited to take up this position at The Warhol,” said Ryan said in statement. “I am looking forward to working with contemporary artists whose approaches I believe will resonate in fascinating ways at The Warhol, and to engaging the museum’s extraordinary collection.”

News of the appointment comes shortly after the museum’s decision not to expand with a New York branch (see No, the Andy Warhol Museum Is Not Coming to New York).


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