Selected works by Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley
Untitled (Morrissey 20)

2006

C-print

182.9 x 122 cm
Like a pied piper, Ryan McGinley leads his small tribe of exuberant, naked youth on a cross-country quest to connect with nature. Unlike Utopians, however, he has no wish to create a paradise (Everybody knows this is Nowhere is a title he gave to one body of his work): it’s already there for the taking – for those who have eyes to see and SAT NAV technology to get there (and can bring along fireworks, fog machines and iPods, too, for ambience).
Ryan McGinley
Untitled (Morrissey 15)

2006

C-print

99 x 72.4 cm
Ryan McGinley
Untitled (Morrissey 7)

2005

C-print

119.4 x 167.6 cm
Ryan McGinley
Tree #3

2003

C-print

183 x 122 cm
McGinley allows his models freedom to follow their instincts. His lithe young companions leap and tumble, somersault and fall, splash in waterfalls, climb trees and gaze at the starlit vaults of heaven (well, perhaps lit by car headlamps). It is touching to all but the most cynical of observers (though the thought does nag that such carefree days are restricted to the moneyed and the mobile).
Ryan McGinley
Holding Hands

2003

C-print

76.2 x 101.6 cm
Ryan McGinley
Blue Breakdown

2009

C-print

182.9 x 274.3 cm
Ryan McGinley
Jonas (Molten)

2009

C-print

279.4 x 182.9 cm
A blend of ’60s hippy ideology and a Vogue fashion shoot (16 models, 4 assistants and 4,000 rolls of film), the heady adventure was tempered with an awareness of it all being only a brief moment of carefree abandon (after all, what is one summer in the span of a lifetime? An exhibition of the work, anticipating that perennial September question, was called I Know Where the Summer Goes).

Text by William A Ewing

Other Resources

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art – Ryan McGinley

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ryanmcginley.com
Official site for Ryan McGinley

alisonjacquesgallery.com
Ryan McGinley at Alison Jacques Gallery, London

artnet.com
In 1999, Ryan McGinley, then a graphic design major at Parsons School of Visual Arts in New York, sent his 50-page home-cooked book of urban idyllic photographs The Kids Are Alright, which he had produced on his desktop computer, to 100 magazine editors and artists he admired.

teamgal.com
Ryan McGinley has been following Morrissey's tours for the past two years capturing the reclusive singer and his committed fans all over the US, the UK, and in Mexico. Although he has been an intensely devoted fan of the musician for most of his young life, McGinley has gained a distance on his subject through a total immersion.

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