In thinking about what to pair with that body of work in the museum, I was thinking, who is the next generation for whom the path that Basquiat paved was very meaningful and enabled the next generation to develop and emerge out of that? Obviously Warhol is a predecessor to Basquiat, and they’re both predecessors to Ryan. For Ryan it was about finding his voice, coming out, coming into photography and combining these things and running with it. Reflecting on what was already happening was what, in his work, feels similar to Basquiat. There were so few boundaries around going to a studio and making work and hanging out with friends. He found his friends to be beautiful, haunting, enigmatic subjects. There’s this natural extension of how he’s going about his life and the art fits into that. He was authentically part of what his subjects were doing, and that’s the only way the work could feel as vulnerable and genuine as it is.