Team Gallery, New York, NY
One of the most highly praised photographers of his generation, Ryan McGinley produces work that is candid, revealing, and erotically charged, drawing on and subverting the conventions of the documentary genre. His subject has primarily been the lives and debaucheries of young people, beginning early on with Polaroids of friends and acquaintances in and around New York’s downtown art scene, including collaborators and peers like Dan Colen and the late Dash Snow. Much of McGinley’s oeuvre has incorporated such documentation, as in his portraits of young people at rock concerts, or his famous print Dash Bombing, made in 2000. That photo shows Snow standing precariously on the edge of a New York rooftop, spray-painting on a wall. Although the photo is grainy and dim, its soft, warm gray tones and blurry lights capture the exuberance of adventuresome kids.
In 2003, McGinley had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, making him one of the youngest artists to have a one-man show at the institution. He has also had solo shows at MoMA PS1, Kunsthalle Vienna, and the FOAM Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam. His work is held in several major public collections, including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.