Ryan McGinley “Animals”
If you can check out Ryan’s latest show in New York at Teaf m Gallery is awesome. If you can’t, or would like to forever enjoy Ryan’s work as part of your ever growing art book collection, order his new monograph out on Rizzoli . It just arrived in my mailbox and it is so sweet. Artist and writer, John Kelsey penned the first of three intro’s to the hardback book (peel off the sleeve and the printed cover photo on the book is the “Cum Shot). John’s my favorite art critic, as he never really delves into dusted art history references or comparison’s with classic artists. He always works a groove demonstrating the contemporary context of a work responding to our “Now generation”. Of Ryan’s generation, he reveals an obsessive mobile technology, people “sharing”, and the bodies in the photographs as part of a “liquid light”. I think it’s an aesthetic thing. It also includes a heart-to-heart between friends—underground-turned-iconic film director Gus Van Sant and McGinley exposing questions and answers that they’ve maybe always wanted to ask each other.
McGinley’s career has had an interesting twist of timing and lighting… in the fact that he mounted his own show in New York and from a zine was discovered by a museum curator who had the vision to mount a solo exhibition for a 24 year old. Today, I heard the Harvard Uni’s version of Mr. Sandman sing, “Mr. Sandman… when I’m 24, make me a worldwide famous entrepeneur.” When you’ve landed a solo show at the Whitney Museum at 24, you’re pretty much at the top right? Ryan was smart enough to have multiple galleries represent him and proven that his camera assignments for everyone including the New York Times to multiple advertising campaigns can remain as fresh and vibrant as his art work. Here’s to another 24 years Ryan of challenging yourself to work in new directions.
Team Gal show up Fri and Sat. Book available in June…