Small Icon Rose

Small Icon Rose


Will Ryman
Small Icon Rose, 2014
painted fiberglass and steel
48 x 25 x 30 inches
121.9 x 63.5 x 76.2 cm
Edition of 8





Small Icon Rose is inspired by Ryman's monumental sculpture Icon, which was exhibited during Frieze London and in Fairchild Gardens in Coral Gables, Miami in 2011. Crafted from fiberglass and stainless steel, the rose maquette is painted a sensuous red and features oversized fiberglass petals in playful proportions. Familiar but also potently symbolic, Ryman's strange yet beautiful Roses belie a world of complex references. Ryman debuted his large scale rose sculptures in an outdoor exhibition titled "The Roses on Park Avenue" in 2011.

WILL RYMAN (b. in 1969; lives and works in New York) created The Roses, an outdoor public art installation on the Park Avenue Malls from 57th to 67th Streets in 2011. The site-specific installation consisted of 38 sculptures of vividly colored pink and red rose blossoms, some towering as high as 25 feet, complimented by 20 individual rose petals scattered randomly on the median malls. Combining fantasy with reality, The Roses are made of stainless steel and fiberglass, and many of the sculptures contain individual bugs, beetles or bees. Ryman’s work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at 7 World Trade Center, New York; The Saatchi Gallery, London; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York;  and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, among others.  A writer turned artist, Ryman’s work is also heavily influenced by the works of absurdist playwrights and philosophers.