Ryan McNamara
American, born 1980
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2013
RYAN MCNAMARA, Ryan McNamara's Candid,
Brand New Gallery
2011
Kreëmart/The American Patrons of the Tate/W Magazine at Haunch of Venison,
Kreëmart
Kreëmart Art Basel Miami Beach 10th Anniversary,
Kreëmart

“Performance is inherently subversive in that the presenting institution cannot guarantee what is going to happen,” says video and performance artist Ryan McNamara. His comment references a 2010 in-boutique performance commissioned by Louis Vuitton, in which dancers spontaneously licked a signature handbag until it was covered in saliva, wreaking havoc on what was supposed to be a pristine performance. Heavily influenced by the MTV music videos he grew up watching, McNamara is known for situation-specific works involving the participation of viewers, professional dancers, and other artists. In early 2012, "Still", his first solo gallery show, mandated that visitors pose for photos donning unusual costumes and enacting stills from performances, an inversion of the typical artist/performer relationship. In the second phase of the exhibition, he displayed the photographs …

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