In 2000, Ryan McGinley, then a student, staged his first exhibition of photographs in an abandoned SoHo gallery. To coincide with the show, the artist created several handmade books featuring a sampling of his work entitled The Kids Are Alright. A copy eventually found its way into the hands of Sylvia Wolf, then a curator of photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2003, Wolf mounted an exhibition of his work at the venerable institution, the youngest artist to ever have a solo show at the museum.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â What Wolf recognizedâ€”and what other critics, curators, and collectors would quickly discoverâ€”was an artist who understood and chronicled his own generation (habituÃ©es of New York Cityâ€™s downtown) as no artist had before him. McGinley had managed to capture the hedonistic adventures of youth cultureâ€”kids hanging out and enjoying lifeâ€”but without the dark underbelly of earlier artists who mined similar themes. As the work evolved, he moved away from the more documentary aspect of the early photographs and began to create scenarios where he could explore different ideas (aesthetic and otherwise). This eventually led to the now legendary summer-long road trips, capturing groups of twenty-somethings amongst a variety of American landscapes. In his most recent body of work, McGinley continues to exploreâ€”in black and white as well as in colorâ€”the body but in the still, pared down atmosphere of his studio.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In this first major monograph chronicling the entirety of the artistâ€™s career, McGinleyâ€™s work is considered by three extraordinary figures: Chris Kraus, novelist and critic; John Kelsey, writer, artist and activist; and Gus Van Sant, the auteur filmmaker. Each attendsâ€”through the lens of their own rich insightsâ€”to various aspects of the artistâ€™s work and creative process, offering in-depth and unique perspectives on McGinleyâ€™s work and import.Â Â
Author : Chris Kraus
ISBN : 0847838315
Language : English
No of Pages : 240
Edition : First Edition
Publication Date : 6/26/2012
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 12.3x10.9x1.1
Book weight : 0.05
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