Die New Yorker Team Gallery freut sich Euch die frühen Arbeiten von Ryan McGinley zeigen zu dürfen. Die Fotos entstanden in den Jahren von 1999 bis 2003 in New York, einer Zeit der Hoffnungslosigkeit für viele Amerikaner - gleichbedeutend mit dem Beginn der Bush-Ära, 9/11 und seinen Auswirkungen.
Die Galerie in ihrem Pressetext zur Ausstellung: "These vérité images, which pre-date his famed “road trip” series, capture the exploits of the artist’s social circle, members of an outlaw creative community based in New York’s Lower East Side. This body of work – a significant addition to the legacy of American subculture photography forged by the likes of Peter Hujar, David Wojnarwicz, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Nan Goldin – is characterized by McGinley’s idiosyncratic admixture of hopefulness and self-awareness, as well as his unembarrassed disclosure of the melodrama of youth, its inextricably intertwined joy and heartbreak: the artist shows us his debauched, frequently naked friends, laughing and weeping, taking drugs and having sex, tagging walls and pissing off roofs.
Most of McGinley’s subjects are themselves artists, many of them highly recognizable: his childhood friend, the painter Dan Colen; Kunle Martins, better known by his graffiti moniker Earsnot; the late photographer and multi-media collagist Dash Snow, a close compatriot and frequent subject. The photographs vibrate with the synergistic charge of creative community, occupying the interstices between artists and their output; Early illuminates the multi-discursive genesis of much art-making.
Photos from this period of McGinley’s career appeared in his now-iconic handmade book The Kids Are Alright, as well as the 2003 Whitney show of the same title. That exhibition propelled the 25-year-old McGinley – at the time the youngest artist to have a solo show at the museum – to international notoriety. His fame roughly coincided with the advent of image-oriented social media platforms, the Internet quickly serving as the primary means of dispersal and consumption of his pictures. Editions of the book were sold at premiums on eBay, their authenticity dissected and debated on message boards. Blogs arose dedicated to McGinley, both as an artist and person. The artist’s project at this stage in his career was the obsessive documentation of his own life, its most intimate and debased moments, to the degree that the distinction between the image and its referent reality is blurred, the photos and experiences extensions of one another. While the photos themselves were made with a Yashica T4 point-and-shoot camera, hardly novel technology at the time, the particular confluence of their content and context was unprecedented: the widely shared images anticipated our modern moment, in which private and public life are merged, posted online for all to see."
Der Großteil der in New York gezeigten Bilder vor zuvor nicht als Druck bzw. iin Galerien zu sehen. Wer aktuell nicht in New York ist kann die Ryan McGinley-Ausstellung 'The Kids Were All Right' in Denver bewundern, diese läuft bis zum 20ten August 2017 im MCA Denver. Hierzu gibt es einen Katalog co-publiziert mit Skira Rizzoli. mcadenver.org/ryan-mcginley-kids-were-alright
Ryan McGinley - Early . Mar 02 - Apr 01, 2017 . 83 Grand Street, New York . teamgal.com///early