November 19, 2002 - Printed Matter, Inc. - Ryan McGinness at Printed Matter, Inc. Opening Nov. 22, 2002
November 19, 2002

Ryan McGinness at Printed Matter, Inc. Opening Nov. 22, 2002

Ryan McGinness at Printed Matter, Inc.
Opening November 22, 2002

Printed Matter, Inc.
535 West 22nd Street [between 10th and 11th Avenues]
New York, NY 10011
212 925 0325 tel
212 925 0464 fax


An Exhibition of the Work of Ryan McGinness

Friday, November 22, 2002, 6 to 8 PM

Printed Matter is very pleased to announce Products Are the New Art an installation by Ryan McGinness. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, November 22, 2002, from 6 to 8 PM, and continues until December 23, 2002. Showcasing a collection of McGinness books and products from the past few years, the exhibition also celebrates the release of new work and the unveiling of a site-specific mural, and banners that will envelope the walls of Printed Matter for the Holiday Season.

Ryan McGinness is an artist who has exhibited his work internationally and been responsible for blazing a trail through the gap between art and design. By re-mixing and combining graphic vocabularies from a range of sources, his work comments on the iconographic conventions of our image-driven culture. His deft manipulation of visual codes gleefully subverts the systems in which they operate. Vogue Magazine recently recognized him as “a leading pioneer of the new semiotics,” and Wallpaper Magazineclaims that he has “exalted the sign into an iconic art form.”

McGinness received critical acclaim in 1999 for his first book, flatnessisgod. Since then, three additional books of his work have been published: luxurygood (alife, New York), vocabularytest (Joseph Silvestro Gallery, New York), and pieceofmind (Colette, Paris). The themes that saturate his work include perception, identity, perspective, language, symbolism, and domination.

Printed Matter will be featuring several new releases from McGinness hot off the press: The 2003 Calendar published by Colette (France) and Neverstop (US) is a page-a-day desktop calendar with a different original McGinness icon for each day of the year. Gasbook is a catalog-style book of McGinness’ work and Video Happiness, a DVD compilation of videos, were both put out by the Japanese publisher, Gas. T-shirts and limited edition canvas messenger bags will be available in the store, as well as on our website, and through Printed Matter’s printed 2003 Holiday Catalog, which was designed by McGinness.

All of Printed Matter’s inventory is also available from our website:

For additional information, please contact David Platzker, Executive Director, Printed Matter, Inc., at (212) 925-0325 or

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.

Printed Matter has received support, in part, through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York Arts Recovery Fund, Art for Art¹s Sake, The New York Community Trust, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Heyday Foundation, The Kettering Family Foundation, CHS Foundation, The Liman Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Philip Morris Companies Inc., Women’s Studio Workshop, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and private foundations and individuals worldwide.

Printed Matter, Inc. is not affiliated with, nor a division of, any other non-profit organization.

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