Barry McGee in Berkeley


If you haven’t already seen the Barry McGee show at the Berkeley Art Museum, you must have at least heard all the hoopla surrounding it. We were not led astray – it is a monster of an exhibition in all the many good ways. Our camera ran out of juice right as we got there but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the street art, installations and sculptures of this fantastic local artist. Eclectix kindly let us borrow some photos to perk up your eyeballs. This is the best exhibit going on at a major museum here in the Bay Area, so don’t miss it! There are already multitudes of press posts on Barry’s show – you can read them if you need to – but it might be best to just blindly bust in there and experience it for yourself. Leave a good chunk of time, it is a large show worth some quality hours…

Exhibition Dates: August 24, 2012 – December 9, 2012




McGee, who trained professionally in painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, began sharing his work in the 1980s, not in a museum or gallery setting but on the streets of San Francisco, where he developed his skills as a graffiti artist, often using the tag name “Twist.” McGee’s use of this and other monikers—such as Ray and Lydia Fong—as well as his frequent collaborations can make it difficult to precisely situate the artist’s unique authorship. Using a visual vocabulary drawn from graffiti, comics, hobo art, and sign painting, McGee celebrates his Mission District neighborhood while at the same time calling attention to the harmful effects of capitalism, gentrification, and corporate control of public space. His often-humorous paintings, drawings, and prints—all wrought with extraordinary skill—push the boundaries of art: his work can seem refreshingly informal in the gallery but surprisingly elegant on the street.” – Via BAM/PFA

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