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The Most NSFW Art Exhibit You Must See This Weekend

Ryan McGinley gives us license to ogle.

Artist Ryan McGinley with his great wall of nudes at Ratio 3.

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The Downtown New York art scene invaded San Francisco in a big way last Friday night with the opening of Ryan McGinley’s "Yearbook" exhibit at Ratio 3 Gallery. The band Holy Shit played while subjects and friends of the photographer, each with his or her own take on early-Nineties Chloe Sevigny style, gathered to see the artist’s latest installation: overlapping poster-sized photos of happy, nude young people shot against jewel-colored backgrounds.

Entering the gallery is like walking into an oversized version of a college kid’s bedroom, but instead of wall-to-wall band posters, it’s posters of all the kid’s cool friends. Butt naked. The effect: a kaleidoscope of flesh, tattoos, and youthful indiscretion.

McGinley developed this series in part by auditioning models for a variety of his projects, including his otherworldly and must-see photo series "Moonmilk."  McGinley, similar to friends Dan Colen and the late Dash Snow (all of whom graced one of our favorite New York magazine covers ever) known for their works relating to the human body, also creates art that speaks to the beauty and animal qualities of youth and the human form. His images, while provocative, are also intimate, awkward, and strangely sweet; a refreshing look at youth in a culture that is visually inundated with Terry Richardson videos and American Apparel pouty ballerinas.

If you know what’s good for you, see this exhibit before it closes October 19th.

 

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