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August 7, 2009, 10:01 am
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Ryan McGinley1

Ryan McGinley2

Ryan McGinley3

Ryan McGinley4

Ryan McGinley5

His career was set in motion after his hand made book of photos, The Kids Are Alright (2002),  ended up in the hands of  a museum photography curator by the name of Sylvia Wolf. The book featured contemporary, unairbrushed images of the subculture of skaters, musicians, graffiti artists, and gays in the lower east side, all his friends. And so at the age of twenty-four, American Ryan McGinley was the youngest photographer to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of Art. And his influence does not suffice just in Museums and galleries for New York based band The Virgins credit McGinley for having been discovered after he’d photographed two of its band members. My favorite Icelandic post-rock band Sigor Rus used his images for the cover of their fifth album and rendered their video “Gobbledigook”,  commemorating his work.

During the late nineteenth century French impressionist painters such as Monet and Renoir tried capturing the reflection of light at a certain time of day. McGinley orchestrates timelessness, capturing a still of a metaphysical lifetime in his use of sublime, colorful light and his treatment of profound natural spaces. This theory I can fully surrender to by his “Moonmilk” show which goes up on September 10, 2009, at the Alison Jacques Gallery in London. Rock out, rock hard. Dixie Rose





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