Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

by Ryan mcginley



Everybody Knows This is Nowhere by Ryan McGinley. First edition (2010). First impression. Medium format hardback in near fine condition. No internal markings. Pages clean, binding firm. There is a faint mark on the front cover. No other markings. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

So, for a book with such an ostensibly nihilistic title, Ryan McGinley’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (which takes its title from Neil Young’s 1969 album of the same name) is a work of youthful optimism. Certainly, some irony must be at work. With its portrayal of young In-Kids – in various states of repose or action - it could easily have a title such as Everybody Knows This Is Where It’s At. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is inspired in great part by Catherine Opie’s Dyke Deck. The project is a departure from McGinley’s road trip images of kids in caves and running nude across highways. Instead, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere's collection of nearly 100 black & white nude portraits of young people are defined by simple, Avedon-esque aesthetic of black, white and grey. While intimate, the portraits are defined less by grand “I see you” moments and more by a general optimism in freedom, youth, clear skin and hairlessness. Last but not least, the books includes a conversation between McGinley and Opie.

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