Posts Tagged ‘Twist’

Barry McGee installation in progress at BAM/PFA

Saturday, August 18th, 2012
On August 24, BAM will be opening their massive Barry McGee mid-career survey.

WHEN: August 24, 2012 – December 9, 2012

WHERE: Berkeley Art Museum – 2626 Bancroft Way


“Throughout his career,” writes Alex Baker in the exhibition catalog, “Barry McGee has continued to surprise and contradict expectations.” 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.

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.

McGee has long viewed the city itself as a living space for art and activism, but his more recent work has brought the urban condition into the space of the gallery. Increasingly, his installation environments express the anarchic vitality of the inner-city street, incorporating overturned cars and trucks, and often spill beyond the frame of the gallery or museum.

Photos by Peter Cavagnaro

LOCALS ONLY Art Opening at RVCA – San Francisco, CA

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

(Above piece by NART)

(Above pieces by NART)

(Top right piece by TWIST)

AMAZE – Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Twist and Amaze’s installation at the MOCA Museum’s “Art in the Streets” exhibit that opened last Saturday in Los Angeles.

TWIST, CHISTER – San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

TWIST, CHISTER, Graffiti, Street Art, San Francisco

TWISTER THR Scribe – East Bay, CA

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Twist Scribe Graffiti.

TWIST – Berkeley, CA

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

TWIST, THR, Berkeley, Sticker, Street Art, Graffiti

TWISTER Sticker – Berkeley, CA

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Twister Graffiti Sticker Berkeley CA.

TWIST Graffiti – Rome, Italy

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

TWIST Graffiti Rome Italy.


Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Twister Amaze Nesar Graffiti Rome Italy.
Imagine how stoked I was when I spotted fresh Twister Tags on the other side of the world.