Barry McGee

American (San Francisco, California, 1966)


installation | mixed media
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  • Untitled

    Barry McGee, Untitled, 2009; mixed media, dimensions variable; Collection SFMOMA, Fractional gift of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco; © Barry McGee

For the 1996 SECA Art Award exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Barry McGee, the artist most closely associated with the genesis of the Mission School, painted a 60-foot-long mural and displayed hundreds of framed drawings and photographs. The site-specific piece is shown here reassembled for SFMOMA's 75th anniversary exhibition in 2009. Featuring a diaristic accumulation of drawings, photographs, and found images housed in thrift shop frames, it addresses the barrage of stimuli city dwellers encounter on a daily basis.

Dimensions variable
Acquired 2009
Collection SFMOMA
Fractional gift of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco
© Barry McGee


density, volume, patterns, layers, bulbous, bulging, found materials, frames, drawings, photographs, urban, street art, graffiti art, Mission School, San Francisco, California

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