Barry McGee

Artadia Awardee

Barry McGee (b. 1966) was raised in San Francisco and received his BFA in painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute (graduating in 1991). His drawings, paintings, and mixed-media installations take their inspiration from contemporary urban culture, incorporating elements such as empty liquor bottles and spray-paint cans, tagged signs, wrenches, and scrap wood or metal. McGee is also a graffiti artist, working on the streets of America’s cities since the 1980s, where he is known by the tag name “Twist.”

His work has been the subject of exhibitions at Ratio 3, San Francisco; the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California; the Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA; UCLA Hammer, Los Angeles; the Prada Foundation, Milan; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland; Cheim & Read, New York; and The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, among others.