Ryan McGinley

American, b. 1977

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Ryan McGinley

American, b. 1977

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Ryan McGinley burst into prominence in his early twenties after circulating copies of a self-published portfolio of photographs. He is has since become known as the youngest artist—at the age of 23—to present a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work orbits around the life and youth of family and friends in contemporary culture, and particularly in the Lower East Side. While his early work featured more candid and documentary subjects, he began to explore since 2003 the possibility of photographing directed situations. He has since become known for studio portraits and landscapes with bodies in action or lost in contemplation. McGinley’s models are usually nude, though never sexualized. McGinley has said, “I think most people look at [the nudity] sexually, but I think everyone looks sexier with their clothes on.”

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Biography

Ryan McGinley burst into prominence in his early twenties after circulating copies of a self-published portfolio of photographs. He is has since become known as the youngest artist—at the age of 23—to present a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work orbits around the life and youth of family and friends in contemporary culture, and particularly in the Lower East Side. While his early work featured more candid and documentary subjects, he began to explore since 2003 the possibility of photographing directed situations. He has since become known for studio portraits and landscapes with bodies in action or lost in contemplation. McGinley’s models are usually nude, though never sexualized. McGinley has said, “I think most people look at [the nudity] sexually, but I think everyone looks sexier with their clothes on.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York
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