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Ryan McGinness

b. 1972 Venice Beach, USA

Lives works in New York, NY


Ryan McGinness's work provides a commentary on iconography, language, and historical and contemporary symbolism. McGinness’ work consists of an amalgam of icons and symbols in which originals do not exist. Instead, his graphic drawings and personal iconography are replicated, recontextualized and materialized infinity throughout his densely layered paintings and installations.

When McGinness’ images collide through his method of silkscreening, new and unique universes are formed and captured in his paintings. He explains, “The paintings are beginning to grow and compose themselves organically, Often the individual detailed forms that make up the whole are fragmented and leave abstract traces. The paintings have begun to more bluntly reflect intuitive decision-making than in previous work”.

Born 1971, Virginia Beach, VA
Carnegie Mellon University, BFA
Curatorial Assistant, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Lives and works in New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013  Women & Mindscapes, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki.
2011  Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles.
2010  New Tondos, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland.
2008  Aesthetic Comfort, Cincinnati Art Museum
2009  Ryan McGinness Works, Deitch Projects, New York.
2007  stephane simoens contemprary fine art, Knokke, Belgium
          A Rich Fantasy Life, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA,
2006  Never Odd Or Even, Galeria Moriarty, Madrid, Spain; Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam, Netherlands;
          Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi and Co., Milan, Italy.
          Gas, Grass, or Ass (Nobody Rides for Free), Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY.
          Mildly Subversive, Montserrat College of Art Gallery, Beverly, MA.
2005  New Paintings, Danziger Projects, New York, NY.
          Installationview, Deitch Projects, New York, NY.
          Wall Paintings, Publico, Cincinnati, OH.
         The Burden of Keeping it Real, André Simoens Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium.
          Pain-Free Kittens, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA.
2004  Multiverse, Galerie du Jour, Paris, France.
          Bucky Balls, Printed Matter, New York, NY.
          Living Signs, Galeria Moriarty, Madrid, Spain.
2003  Project Rainbow, 222 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
          Worlds within Worlds, Deitch Projects, New York, NY.
          Sponsorship, Black Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2002  This Dream Is So Life-Like, Gas Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
           Products Are The New Art, Printed Matter, New York, NY.
           Dream Garden, (with Julia Chiang), Deitch Projects, New York, NY.
           Fancy Is a Verb, Twentyfour, Vancouver, Canada.
          Sign Language, Stux Gallery Project Room, New York, NY.
2001  Evolution Is the Theory of Everything, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
          Sign Age, Galerie de Miguel, Munich, Germany.
          Pieceofmind, Colette, Paris, France.
          Vocabularytest, Joseph Silvestro Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2000  Shtick, Houston Gallery, Seattle, WA.
          Luxurygood, Alife, New York, NY.
1999  Flatnessisgod, Zakka, New York, NY.
1998  Networking Is a Skill, Chaos, New York, NY.
1997  No Sweat, Manhattan Athletic Club, New York, NY.
1996  Slow Children Playing, Curated by Gil Presti, Mad River Post, New York, NY.

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2006  Graphic Content, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH.
          New, Stephane Simoens Contemporay Fine Art, Knokke, Belgium.
          USA Today, The Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England.
          Spank the Monkey, Curated by Peter Doroshenko & Pedro Alonzo, Baltic Centre for
          Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England.
          H.O.L.L.A.N.D., Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
          Since 2000: Printmaking Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
          The Garden Party, Deitch Projects, New York, NY.
2005  Threshold, Max Wigram Gallery, London, England.
          Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 / Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
2004  Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art
          Organized by Independent Curators International, Curated by Shamim Momin, 2004-2006:
          Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL;
          Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Museum of Contemporary
          Art, Denver, CO; Salina Art Center, Salina, KS.
          The Dreamland Artists Club, Coney Island, Creative Time, New York, NY.
          Beautiful Losers, Curated by Aaron Rose & Christian Strike, 2004-2008: Le Tri Postal, Lille,
          France; Palazzo dell’Arte, Milan, Italy; USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL;
          Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA;
          Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.
          La Collection d’Art Contemporain d’Agnès B., Les Abattoirs Museum, Toulouse, France.
          Earthly Delights, MassArt, Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA.

2003  Airtight Plan for Killing, Buia Gallery, New York, NY.
          A New New York Scene, Galerie du Jour, Paris, France.
          Lead Poisoning, Curated by Rich Jacobs & Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA.
          North Star Video Screening, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2002  SK8 on The Wall, Gallery Rocket, Tokyo, Japan.
          Session The Bowl, Deitch Projects, New York, NY.
          Street Wise, A-Part Gallery, London.
          Group Show, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA.
2001  Grandes Arquitecturas Pequenas, Curated by Fernando Martin Galan, Galeria Dasto and Centro
          de Arte Dasto, Oviedo, Spain.
          Spunky, Exit Art, New York, NY.
          Group Show, Curated by Jodi Hanel and Jenny Moore, Ground Zero, New York, NY.
2000  Critic as Grist, Curated by Michael Portnoy, White Box, New York, NY.
          Tomorrow, Curated by Andréa Salerno and Mari Spirito, Rare, New York, NY.
           Le Salon for Art Collectors, Curated by Vanessa Suchar, Babylon, London, UK.
          Group Show, Steffany Martz, New York, NY.
          Interior Spaces in Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion,
          Stamford, CT.
1999  Size Matters, Gale Gates, Brooklyn, NY.
          Photo Synthesis, Rare, New York, NY.
          Road Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY.
          Room with a View, Curated by Jeff Gleich, Sixth@Prince Fine Art, New York, NY.
          LA National Juried Art Exhibition, Curated by Mat Gleason, Patricia Correia Gallery, Los
          Angeles, CA
1998  Fresh Blood: 13 Young Artists, Archibold Arts, New York, NY.
1997  Summer Invitational, Steffany Martz, New York, NY.
          Wet Paint, Mary Anthony, New York, NY.
          Group Show, a+a Company, New York, NY
1996  Giftland v: Democra$y, Printed Matter, New York, NY
          Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

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