Image: Barry McGee, Untitled, 2005. Acrylic on glass bottles, wire; dimensions variable.
From Berkeley Art Museum press release on an exhibition by San Francisco street artist Barry McGee:
Barry McGee is the first midcareer survey of the globally influential San Francisco-based artist, and provides a much-anticipated opportunity to experience his work from the late 1980s to the present. The presentation includes rarely seen early etchings, letterpress printing trays and liquor bottles painted with his cast of down-and-out urban characters, constellations of vibrant op-art painted panels, animatronic taggers, and a re-creation of a cacophonous street-corner bodega, along with many new projects.
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.”
Runs all through the Fall semester: August 24–December 9, 2012 (maybe if we have to cancel class due to rain, this might be a good alternative, but don’t miss it if you have time to walk through).