Established in 2013 by Mary Ryan and Jeffrey Lee, RYAN LEE is home to an international roster of contemporary artists working in a diverse array of media. A champion of both established and emerging artists, RYAN LEE is committed to presenting innovative and pioneering exhibitions across the spectrum of contemporary art practices. The gallery works with leading museum curators and scholars to further promote and expand the visibility for its artists.
In April 2014, RYAN LEE moved to an expanded 8,000 square foot location at 515 West 26th Street that overlooks the High Line. The gallery subsequently launched RLWindow, an experimental exhibition platform designed to engage with visitors on the High Line. The program features both gallery artists and invited participants with a focus on video, new media, and performance.
Reviews of exhibitions and projects presented at the gallery, along with major profiles and features of gallery artists, have appeared in international publications and broadcasts including Al Jazeera America, Art21, Art Asia Pacific, Art in America, ArtForum, The Art Newspaper, ArtNews, BBC, Boston Globe, The Brooklyn Rail, Democracy Now, Domus, Harper’s, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, i-D Magazine, Il Gazzettino, Interview Magazine, Miami Herald, New York Daily News, New York Observer, New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Oxford American, The Paris Review, Slate, Photograph Mag, T Magazine, Vice, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and Whitewall.
Major institutions have presented work by RYAN LEE gallery artists in solo and group exhibitions, including Akron Art Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Blanton Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Cleveland Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Groninger Museum, Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, ICA Boston, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Art, Kunstverein Amsterdam, MASS MOCA, McNay Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Millesgården Stockholm, MoMA, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Museo Ettore Fico, Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth, National Portrait Gallery London, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, New Museum, Noguchi Museum, Palazzo Fortuny, Parrish Museum, Queens Museum of Art, SFMoMA, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Tate Modern, and Whitney Museum. Major biennials that have featured gallery artists include 10th Gwangju Biennale, Asian Art Biennial, Bienal de Habana, dOCUMENTA 13, Kochi Biennale, Venice Biennale and Yinchuan Biennale.