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Ryan McGinness (American, b.1972)
LOT ID: 65818
The Big Bang Machine, 2005

Screenprint, on handmade wove paper with deckled edges.
14.5 х 14.5 in. (36.83 x 36.83 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, numbered in pencil, '13/50,', titled, "The Big Bang Machine," signed, 'Ryan McGiness,' and dated, '2005,'along the lower edge
Edition 13/50
Foundry/Publisher Published by the artist for Printed Matter
Lot description
Paper size: 14.5 x 14.5 in.
Frame size: 20 x 20 in.

The circular formation of this beautiful three-colored silkscreen is inspired by the mandala, an essential art form in Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Used to establish a sacred spiritual space and frequently symbolizing the cosmos, the mandala is a reoccurring theme in McGinness' work. "The Big Bang Machine" can be viewed as McGinness' contemporary interpretation and experience of our universe.


Ryan McGinness (b. 1972) has gained international fame as a contemporary painter and graphic designer, known for combining and remixing graphic vocabularies from a range of sources. His work makes strong social commentary on iconography, language, and historical and contemporary symbolism. McGinness’ graphic signs and personal iconography are replicated, recontextualized, and materialized infinitely across a range of media—from paintings, prints, and installations, to skateboards, T-shirts, and videos. In 1999, he received critical acclaim for his first book, 'Flatnessisgod'.

McGinness' work has been exhibited internationally. His work can be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Taguchi Art Collection, Tokyo, and The Charles Saatchi Collection, to name a few. He currently lives and works in New York.
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