Barry McGee, otherwise known as “Twist” is one of the biggest figures in the graffiti-artist-turned-gallery-artist world at the moment. A mid-career retrospective of his work will be a much-anticipated show taking place at the Berkeley Art Museum from August 24.
The globally influential San Francisco based artist trained professionally in painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and first began sharing his work on the local city streets in the 1980s. His first gallery exhibition was in 1999 in New York City and last year he showed at the SFMOMA 75th anniversary; when he displayed his work as a collage of different sized frames that bubbled up off the wall.
He is well-known for his scrawling hand style and signature illustrations of urban characters in depravity. His more recent work, which is some of my favorite, is the use of bright geometric forms, which show his flexibility as an artist.
This comprehensive exhibition explores McGee’s work from the late 1980s to the present day, with a chance to see his new works of art. It will also be an opportunity to see re-creations of his large-scale installations, vibrant abstract paintings, animatronics, photographs, painted surfboards, painted liquor bottles, rarely-seen etchings and even an intervention on the building exterior!
McGee has long viewed the city of San Francisco, and his local Mission District neighborhood, as a living space for art and activism. But his recent work brings the urban landscape into the gallery space, by displaying installations of overturned cars and trucks portraying an anarchic energy.
This retrospective show will be a much-anticipated experience for existing and new fans of his work allowing them to assess the broad scope of this talented artist and his multifaceted work under one roof.
WHEN: August 24 – October 7, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Berkeley Art Museum
2626 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
TICKETS: $10, seniors–$7, students–free
UCB students, members, faculty & staff are free 1st Thursday; $7 after 5 p.m.