From 19 February to 15 May 2016 Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo presents an extensive show of works by Ryan McGinley , the first solo exhibition by the American artist at an Italian institution and the first one that GAMeC has devoted to a young photographer on the international scene.
McGinley is considered one of the most important contemporary artists, so influential that the Whitney Museum and MoMA P.S.1 in New York devoted a solo exhibition to him in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In 2007 he received the Young Photographer Infinity Award from the prestigious International Center of Photography in New York. He grew up in New Jersey and then moved to New York’s East Village, becoming part of the irrepressible underground community of graffiti artists, skateboarders and artists. He captured this group of young people in their excesses and restless lifestyle, making them the main subject of his work, which culminated with his first publication, The Kids Are Alright (1999).
McGinley’s work witnesses and speaks for the subculture of the Nineties, which then burst onto the scene in the new millennium.His digital photographs revolve around youth, freedom, hedonism, excess, the vital spirit, and the relationship between humans and nature. These are very powerful, compelling and fascinating works with an energy that expands through the figures’ surroundings.