Featuring over two hundred images of twenty-somethings frolicking and enjoying their carefree lives, Ryan McGinley chronicles a generation of fun-loving, hedonistic young adults discovering who they are in the first major volume on this important and prolific artist.
In 2002, two years after Ryan McGinley, then a student, staged his first exhibition of photographs in a SoHo gallery, he created inexpensive handmade books of a sampling of his work titled The Kids Are Alright.
Those books eventually found their way to Sylvia Wolf, then curator of photography at the Whitney Museum ofAmerican Art in New York, who gave him a solo show a year later, making him the youngest artist to have a one-person exhibition at the museum.
What critics, curators and collectors would quickly discover was an artist who understood and chronicled his own generation as no other had.
Compared early on to masters of photography and film, such as Nan Goldin and Larry Clark, McGinley's early work documents the lives of his friends -the hedonistic exploits of youth culture but without the dark undertone of earlier artists who mined similar themes.
As he evolved, he began to create scenarioswhere he could explore different ideas (aesthetic and otherwise) and this led to his infamous summerlong road trips, which he conducted for five years, capturing a myriad of twenty-somethings enjoying each other and their surroundings.
In addition to these seminal works, McGinley is known for hischronicling of the singer Morrissey's sold-out tours around the world.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages, 250 Colour and Black and White Illustrations
- Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
- Publication Date: 01/05/2012
- Category: Individual photographers
- ISBN: 9780847838318