In what will be his first exhibition in the Netherlands, JR will be showing his work, intriguing portraits in very large formats, inside and outside Foam, as well as in the streets of the city of Amsterdam. With his business partner Sarah Hasted, Bill Hunt opened Hasted Hunt gallery in New York inrepresenting a wide range of photography from classic vintage work to contemporary work by emerging artists. As far as he was concerned, anyplace the students could do as they liked without being reined in by adults produced interesting images. Through photography, time could be stopped for a moment, capturing children for eternity in their youthful innocence before they outgrew their clothes or, more tragically, died young. In her thoughts, she always carried the barren plateaus of Kenya, the valuable friendship with the children stricken with polio who lived across the street, and the visions of her father who spent his life surrounded by illness in search of a cure for his patients.
He stood in the middle of the commotion and observed these 12 to 18year-old children.
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The young people portrayed by Ryan McGinley are far less disturbed. When they were younger I might have shared a bathtub shot or two, or one of them copping a potty-training squat. No less ideological, however, were the oppositional voices of writers, sociologists and psychologists infected by a fear of collectivization and a deep concern that the American middle classes were becoming a subservient social group that no longer relied on its own inner compass. But even then, it would have most likely been on Facebook where at least I am given the illusion that I can control who has access to the pictures. Of course the irony is that people in Paris really treat these guys as if they were E. I found it frustrating not to have any portraits of women, so I mentioned this to the charming stallholder who is one of the few to sell. Back in New Jersey, in the suburb that I lived in, my circle was limited by my mobility.