Friday, 15 March 2013

Inspiring Reads: Ryan McGinness, Works

Ryan McGinness Works., 2009, 11 x 8.5 in., 4C, 296pp., hardcover, open ed.
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3196-8 / Published by Rizzoli
Catalogue of recent works with texts by David Byrne, Tom Greenwood,
Peter Halley, Greg Lindquist, and Jonathan T.D. Neil.
Despite being published in 2009, I have only recently purchased Works by Ryan McGinness. Ryan was part of an interview on Sky Arts and it reminded me how much I like his work so decided to make the purchase before I forgot about it!
The book is reasonably large with a clothbound cover embossed with the book's title in silver. I don't think the quality of the publication comes across in the images so you might be forgiven for thinking that the price tag wasn't reflective of what you are getting but it really is.
The first chapter contains an introduction by one of the artists' previous assistants. I found this really interesting because it gave an insight into how an art student was influenced by an established artist and also another view on the artist's process of working.
The book is packed with full colour images of individual works, installations along with details of process. There is also a bit of fun at the end of the book where Ryan has been asked 500 random questions.
For me, it was nice to read about how the artist manages to have a hands on approach with his work despite using a lot of digital manipulation to achieve the finished pieces. There is also a discussion about how he organises his studio and his time.
As someone who studied fine art in Art School, I always felt that I was never talk about the business side of being an artist. Ryan studied graphic design originally and this really shows in the way that he organises his business from his accounts to the way he uses business cards.
You can pick this book up from Amazon and Rizzoli . You can check out more of the artist's work at

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