Prolific San Francisco street artist & painter Barry McGee is the subject of a mid-career retrospective exhibition currently on display at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. The exhibition features street art and paintings stretching back to the beginning of McGee’s career in the 1980s. It also includes a full scale mockup of a bodega and animatronic graffiti taggers. A series of talks and performances are scheduled throughout the exhibition, which ends December 9.
Including rarely seen early etchings, letterpress printing trays and liquor bottles painted with his trademark cast of down-and-out urban characters, constellations of vibrant op-art painted panels, animatronic taggers, and an elaborate re-creation of a cacophonous street-corner bodega, along with many new projects, this first midcareer survey of the globally influential San Francisco–based artist showcases the astonishing range of McGee’s compassionate and vivacious work.
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