Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Lux Loves...Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley (born October 17, 1977) is an American photographer living in New York City who began making photographs in 1998. In 2003, at the age of 24, McGinley was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. "I was just a kid running around with two T4s in my pockets shooting everything and anything, getting into lots of trouble all the time, up on rooftops or in subway tunnels, hanging out at people’s apartments until super late, doing drugs, getting arrested. A lot of photographers document their life in New York, and after the Whitney, I realized I didn’t want to do that anymore. There was so much more I wanted to do. I knew I had an opportunity and I couldn’t fuck it up. It meant I could actually be an artist and support myself". — Ryan McGinley, Opening Ceremony Blog, 2010 "People fall in love with McGinley╩╝s work because it tells a story about liberation and hedonism: Where Goldin and Larry Clark were saying something painful and anxiety producing about Kids and what happens when they take drugs and have sex in an ungoverned urban underworld, McGinley started out announcing that “The Kids Are Alright,” fantastic, really, and suggested that a gleeful, unfettered subculture was just around the corner—still—if only you knew where to look" Ariel Levy, New York Magazine, 2007 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

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