Ryan McGinley

United States 1977


Ryan McGinley
Ryan McGinley
United States
December 28, 2014
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Ryan McGinley is an American photographer living in New York City who began making photographs in 1998. In 2003, at the age of 25, McGinley was one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was also named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine. In 2007 McGinley was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography.

Ryan was born in 1977 in Ramsey, New Jersey and from an early age his peers and mentors were skateboarders, graffiti artists, musicians, and artists that were considered to be on the fringes of society. He enrolled as a graphic design student at Parsons School of Design in New York in 1995. He moved to the East Village in 1998, and covered the walls of his apartment with Polaroid pictures of everyone who visited him there.

McGinley had his first public exhibition in 2000 at 420 West Broadway in Manhattan in a DIY opening. Later, as a student at Parsons, he started taking pictures, which he put together in a book, self-published in 1999, called The Kids Are Alright. The book was titled after a film about The Who, was handmade and distributed to people he respected in the art world and sold at the exhibition. One copy was given to scholar and curator Sylvia Wolf, who later organized McGinley’s solo exhibition at the Whitney. Wolf, in an essay about McGinley, wrote, “The skateboarders, musicians, graffiti artists and gay people in Mr. McGinley’s early work ‘know what it means to be photographed. His subjects are performing for the camera and exploring themselves with an acute self-awareness that is decidedly contemporary. They are savvy about visual culture, acutely aware of how identity can be not only communicated but created. They are willing collaborators.”

McGinley has been long time friends with fellow downtown artists Dan Colen and the late Dash Snow. McGinley said of Snow, “I guess I get obsessed with people, and I really became fascinated by Dash.”

Ariel Levy, writing in New York magazine about McGinley’s friend and collaborator, Dash Snow, said, “People fall in love with McGinleyʼs 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.”

Since 2004, McGinley’s style evolved from documenting his friends in real-life situations towards creating settings where the situations he envisions can be documented. He casts his subjects at rock ‘n’ roll festivals, art schools, and street castings in cities. He shoots 35mm film and makes his photographs using Yashica T4s and Leica R8s. McGinley has drawn much inspiration from Terrence Malick’s film Days of Heaven. Critic Philip Gefter, in a 2007 feature about McGinley, wrote, “He was a fly on the wall. But then he began to direct the activities, photographing his subjects in a cinema-verite mode. ‘I got to the point where I couldn’t wait for the pictures to happen anymore,’ he said. ‘I was wasting time, and so I started making pictures happen. It borders between being set up or really happening. There’s that fine line.”

In an April 2010 article in Vice Magazine, McGinley identified Gilles Larrain as one of his early influences, particularly Larrain’s 1973 book Idols.

Critic Jeffrey Kluger wrote in 2008, “Photography is about freezing a moment in time; McGinley’s is about freezing a stage in a lifetime. Young and beautiful is as fleeting as a camera snap–and thus all the more worth preserving.”

McGinley’s work is featured in public collections in the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. McGinley is represented by Jose Freire at Team Gallery in NYC, Chris Perez at Ratio 3 Gallery in San Francisco, Alison Jaques in London, Larissa Bischoff at Bischoff Projects in Frankfurt am Main and managed commercially by Shea Spencer at Artist Commissions.

Ryan McGinley lives and works in New York City.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Vogue 100National Portrait Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Ryan McGinley Photographs 1999 – 2015Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The NetherlandsSolo
2015Masters of Photography: Ryan McGinleyEmbassy of the United States, Sofia, BulgariaSolo
2015Storylines: Contemporary Art at the GuggenheimGuggenheim, New York, NYGroup
2015YEARBOOKArt | 46 | Basel | Unlimited, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2015Framing Desire: Photography and VideoModern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2015Dries van Noten - Inspirations Mode Museum, Paris, FranceGroup
2014YearbookTeam Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Vertical Color of SoundGalerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Hong KongSolo
2014The Marseillaise(s)Museum Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2014Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography CollectionNorth Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NCGroup
2014TattooBrandts Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, DenmarkGroup
2014It’s an InvasionNational Arts Club, New York, NYGroup
2014Only The Good Ones: The Snapshot Aesthetic RevisitedGalerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2013-14Magic Magnifier: Photographs 1998 to 2013Daelim Museum, SeoulSolo
2013Body LoudGalerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ParisSolo
2013YearbookRatio 3, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Ryan McGinleyFrieze Art Fair, New York, NYSolo
2013Running Water, What Are You Running From?Bischoff Projects, FrankfurtSolo
2013(con)TEXTSharon Art Center, Peterborough, NHGroup
2013APPARATUSM+B, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Why not live for Art? II - 9 collectors reveal their treasuresTokyo Opera City Art Gallery, TokyoGroup
2013Folk DevilDavid Zwirner, New York, NYGroup
2013AlchemicalSteven Kasher Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013In alle staten: De mens in de hedendaagse kunstcollectie van de Fondation FrancèsMuseum Dr. Guislain, Gent, BelgiumGroup
2013You Ain't Seen Nothing YetFotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2013Coconut WaterWhite Flag Projects, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2013Magnetic NorthRatio 3, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Une affaire de famille: La photographie dans les collections de StéphaneMusée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Charleroi, BelgiumGroup
2013Photography Gallery Target, TokyoGroup
2013PhotographyAperture Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Black CakeTeam Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012-13PrivacySchirn Kunsthalle, FrankfurtGroup
2012-13The Kids Are All Right: An Exhibition about Family and PhotographyJohn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
2012-13The Kids Are All Right: An Exhibition about Family and PhotographyWeatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NCGroup
2012Reach Out, I’m Right HereTomio Koyama Gallery, TokyoSolo
2012AnimalsTomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie 8, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2012AnimalsTeam Gallery, 83 Grand Street, New York, NYSolo
2012GridsTeam Gallery, 47 Wooster Street, New York, NYSolo
2012PhotographyGalleria Carla Sozzani, MilanGroup
2012Pop Politics: Activism at 33 RevolutionsCA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, MadridGroup
2012You and My Friends 1Art | 43 | Basel | Unlimited, Basel, CHGroup
2012Audience as Subject Part 2: Extra LargeYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San FranciscoGroup
2012PubartGalerie Sophie Scheidecker, ParisGroup
2012The Importance of Being PhotographedUniversity of South Florida Art Museum, Tampa, FLGroup
2012The Kids Are All RightJohn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
2012PhotographicDaegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, KoreaGroup
2012Do Your ThingWhite Columns, New York, NYGroup
2012Looking at PicassoHuis Marseilles Museum voor Fotografie, AmsterdamGroup
2012The New Ages of LifePalazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2012Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina CollectionM.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Out of Focus: PhotographySaatchi Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Accelerating Toward Apocalypse: Works from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd. Givon Art Forum, Tel AvivGroup
2012Accelerating Toward Apocalypse: Works from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd. Daimler Contemporary, BerlinGroup
2011Wandering CommaAlison Jacques Gallery, LondonSolo
2011Somewhere PlaceGalerie Gabriel Rolt, AmsterdamSolo
2011Post 9-11OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Unknown) MoCA: Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011The Last First DecadeEllipse Foundation, Cascais, PortugalGroup
2011InvoluntaryFordProject, New York, NYGroup
2011Ryan McGinley, Sam Samore, Tørbjorn RødlandGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, BrusselsGroup
2011The Trilogy Exhibition: Dan Colen, Ryan McGinley, Dash SnowThe Ring Art Center, Miami, FLGroup
2010Life Adjustment CenterRatio 3, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Everybody Knows This is NowhereTeam Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2010Crooked AislesThe Breeder, AthensSolo
2010Summer TeethThe Breeder, AthensGroup
20103+1Galerie Du Jour - Agnès B., ParisGroup
2010SWEAT Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Roundtrip: New York Now Selections from the Domus CollectionUllens Center for Contemporary Art, BeijingGroup
2010Out of the WoodsLeslie Tonkonow, New York, NYGroup
2010Calling BeautyColumbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OHGroup
2010NEW YORK The LoudestGallery Koko, TokyoGroup
2009-2010Emporte-Moi - Sweep Me Off My FeetMusée National Des Beaux-Arts Du Québec, QuébecGroup
2009MoonmilkAlison Jacques Gallery, LondonSolo
2009Who Shot Rock: Photographers of Rock and RollBrooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
2009KaraokeLikeFotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, SwitzerlandGroup
2009New York MinuteMACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, RomeGroup
2009The 2009 Vice Magazine Photography ExhibitionSpencer Brownstone, New York, NYGroup
2009The Art of CaringNew Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LAGroup
2008Spring and By Summer FallRatio 3, San Francisco, CASolo
2008I Know Where The Summer GoesTeam Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008The StationThe STATION at Midtown Miami, Miami, FLGroup
2008Feature PhotographyNational Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.Group
2008Listen Darling…The World is YoursEllipse Foundation, Cascais, PortugalGroup
2008DARKSIDEFotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Boys of SummerThe Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NYGroup
2008Fair MarketRental, New York, NYGroup
2008History Keeps Me Awake at Night: A Genealogy of WojnarowiczPPOW, New York, NYGroup
2008I Won’t Grow UpCheim & Read, New York, NYGroup
2007Ryan McGinleyFOAM Fotagrafiemuseum Amsterdam, AmsterdamSolo
2007Irregular RegularsTeam Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2007Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something BlueMarella Gallery, MilanGroup
2007Now Playing: Artists Borrow FilmGlenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NYGroup
2007Young at HeartGaleria Helga de Alvear, MadridGroup
2007People Take Pictures of Each OtherLaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2007Picturing Modernity: The Photography CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Sweet Bird of YouthArndt & Partner, BerlinGroup
2007She Was Born to Be My UnicornSmith Stewart, New York, NYGroup
2007Other ScenesRoberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Rebel Rebel: A Tribute to Karlheinz WeinbergerAnna Kustera Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Project SpaceKunsthalle Vienna, ViennaSolo
2006Sun and HealthAgnes B. Galerie Du Jour, ParisSolo
2006Ryan McGinleyFrieze Art Fair, LondonSolo
2006Americans 1940-2006: Masterpieces of American PhotographyKunsthalle Vienna, ViennaGroup
2006Defamation of CharacterP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NYGroup
2006PeopleMADRE Museo d’Arte Donna Regina, NaplesGroup
2006Into Me - Out of MeP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NYGroup
2006Into Me - Out of MeKunstwerke, BerlinGroup
2006Into Me - Out of MeMACRO, RomeGroup
2006The Name of This Show Is Not GAY ART NOWPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006The 6th Annual Vice Magazine Photo Issue ExhibitionSilverstein Photography, New York, NYGroup
2006Youth of TodaySchirn Kunsthalle, FrankfurtGroup
2005Laboratorio 987: Entre NosotrosMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, SpainSolo
2005Rencontres Internationales de la PhotographieArles, FranceSolo
2005With Us Against Reality, Or Against UsGalerie S.E., OsloGroup
2005Greater New York 2005P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NYGroup
2004New PhotographsP.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, MoMA, New York, NYSolo
2004Ryan McGinleyUniversity of the Arts, Philadelphia, PASolo
2004Color Wheel OblivionMarella Arte Cotemporanea, MilanGroup
2004Summer Solstice with Sam Gordon, Ryan McGinley, and Collier SchorrRatio3, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art, Skateboarding, & Street Culture Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2004Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art, Skateboarding, & Street CultureYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San FranciscoGroup
2004Fresh: Youth Culture in Contemporary PhotographsThe Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NYGroup
2003Ryan McGinleyThe Red Eye Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, ProvidenceSolo
2003The Kids Are AlrightThe Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYSolo
2003Ryan McGinleyBailey Fine Arts, TorontoSolo
2003My People Were Fair and Had Cum in their Hair (but Now They’re Content to Spray Stars from your Boughs)Team Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2003A NEW SCENE: WHAT ABOUT NEW YORK?Agnes B. Galerie Du Jour, ParisGroup
2003amfAR PortfolioCheim & Read, New York, NYGroup
2002Ryan McGinleyMC Magma, MilanSolo
2002Ryan McGinley: PhotographienGalerie Giti Nourbakhsch, BerlinSolo
2002K48 Teenage Rebel: The Bedroom ShowJohn Connelly Presents, New York, NYGroup
2002You’re just a summer love, but I’ll remember you when winter comesPriska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2002BystanderAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2001Alleged at Space 1026Space 1026, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2001Raw: New York, New WorkMamma Roma Ltd., New York, NYGroup
2000The Kids are Alright420 W. B’way, New York, NYSolo