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Ryan McGinley at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on April 1st, 2011

Taylor (Snakes) by Ryan McGinley, 2011 - click to enlarge

Yes, Ryan McGinley. Quite possibly the only good thing to ever emerge from the VICE factory and the only artist I temporarily lift the VICE ban for.

The thing is, however much the art hater in me is trying to dislike his oeuvre, I find that I simply can't and that means that he must be doing SOMETHING right, right? Right.

He undoubtedly put a sense of poetry, longing, romanticism, joyful eroticism, intoxicated lucidity and authenticity in a genre that's usually dominated by pretense, cliché, repetition and neo-pagan new-age hipsterdom bullshit.

India (Coyote) by Ryan McGinley, 2010 - click to enlarge

His otherworldly Moonmilk series has proven to be particularly... shall we say... inspirational to the generic witchhouse photographers and still has a strong resonance two years on while I personally think that he's at his best when he combines man with epic animal or with sceneries of outstanding natural beauty.

And yes, don't get me wrong, I too wish those kids would put some bloody clothes on, but I guess that just means I'm getting old.

Anyways, Ryan is going to show photographic pieces from his Somewhere Place series at Galerie Gabriel Rolt in Amsterdam. The show is due to open next week. Details below.

Amanda (Falling Leaves) by Ryan McGinley, 2010 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Sat, Apr 9, 5 - 7.30 PM

On show: Apr 9 - May 14, 2011

Address: Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Elandsgracht 34, 1016 TW, Amsterdam, UK, tel: +31 (0)20 78 55 146, email: gallery@gabrielrolt.com | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 12 - 6 PM, or by appointment

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Artist's website

Ryan McGinley on the WurzelForum®

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