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Ryan McGinley
Blue Falling

April 1 – 30, 2013
Billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue

New York-based artist Ryan McGinley has been documenting the American landscape through intimate photographs that celebrate the beauty of youth and freedom. His work depicts sublime settings spanning from vast landscapes, where people run in fields of wildflowers, to portraits taken in remote caves or forests at night, where trees become the stage for improvised theater. Often populated by young men and women, his photographs convey the joyfulness and liberty of a generation that is exploring its surroundings, both physically and metaphorically.

For the High Line, McGinley presents Blue Falling, a photograph depicting a person set against a vast blue background. As if floating in a sea or sky, the figure appears to hover effortlessly in the middle of the photograph. Evoking the levity of a body becoming liquid, it is a dreamlike image where gravitational boundaries and coordinates are erased in favor of a limitless, enchanted world.

Photos by Timothy Schenck.

Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley (b. 1977, New Jersey) lives and works in New York City. Select solo exhibitions include Team Gallery, New York (2012); Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (2012); Ratio 3, San Francisco (2010); Allison Jacques Gallery, London (2011); Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal (2009); FOAM Fotagrafiemuseum, Amsterdam (2007); Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna (2006); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain (2005); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2004); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2003). Major group exhibitions include Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2012); Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam (2012); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2009); National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2008); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2007); and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2006).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. In-kind support provided by Maharam.

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