Ryan McGinness Works

by Ariston Anderson


The beauty of a Ryan McGinness show is not only that passing through the gallery doors is entering into the world of McGinness, but that each painting fully consumes your attention once you start looking.

Like their name implies, each multi-layered screenprinted work from the Black Hole series has the remarkable ability to suck viewers in. Similar to a Jackson Pollack or a Jean-Michel Basquiat, you could stare at each painting for hours, discovering each sweet spot and intersection of visual imagery. The more you try to find a beginning or end to each piece, the more you'll be drawn into the work. For this reason it's often better to revisit the work during a gallery's off hours, when you’ll have time to spend with each painting.

Ryan McGinness Works, a show the artist has been working on since his last show at the gallery three years ago, presents a wealth of new material, following in the vein of recent work presenting paintings and fluorescent vinyl in a black light room a black light room. The exhibition continues as the iconic details in the paintings come alive as three-dimensional sculptures and includes a massive piece measuring seven feet tall by 50 feet wide.

The show is presented in conjunction with the release of his new book, "Ryan McGinness Works," which includes a behind-the-scenes look at his recent works, as well as texts by David Byrne, Peter Halley, Tom Greenwood and Greg Lindquist.

Ryan McGinness Works
Opening reception: 7 March 2009, 6-9pm
7 March-18 April 2009
Deitch Projects
18 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10013 RM.179ImaginaryHappiness.jpg

Ryan McGinness
Imaginary Happiness, 2008
Acrylic on linen
72 x 72 inches
182.9 x 182.9 cm
RM 179


Ryan McGinness
Only A Thief Thinks Everybody Steals, 2008
Acrylic on canvas
96 x 144 inches
243.8 x 365.8 cm
RM 178


Ryan McGinness
Submit to the Universe, 2008
Acrylic on canvas
96 x 96 inches
243.8 x 243.8 cm
RM 180