Ryan McGinley

Life's best and prettiest years fly by fast--a good reason to record them while you can

Ryan McGinley. Courtesy of Team Gallery

Running Field , 2007.

KIDS AT PLAY It's not easy living in New York City when you're young and beautiful and so are all your friends. Don't believe it? Neither does Ryan McGinley, which is why his work is such an edgy and innocent joy.

McGinley, 30, grew up in New Jersey, spent his teen years going slightly wild in Manhattan and in his early 20s settled on the arty Lower East Side. The fashion magazines of the time had a singular image of his peer group, and it was not a good one: hollow-cheeked and sallow-skinned with the lank look of a hungry junkie....

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