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Behind the Scenes Barry McGee at BAM/PFA

By Tom Ran

Published: July 26, 2012 under Art

Barry McGee installation in progress.

Photo: BAM/PFA

Barry McGee installation in progress.

A behind the sceens look at the upcoming Barry McGee retrospective at BAM/PFA.

Photo: BAM/PFA

A behind the sceens look at the upcoming Barry McGee retrospective at BAM/PFA.

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The environment Barry McGee creates is much a part of the artwork as his paintings are. He incorporates elements of the streets by creating a fantastical world that is a distortion of where his artwork originated from. Toppled vans, warped plywood walls, pyramids of TVs and VCRs, and animatronic replicas of vandals are all components to his exhibitions. McGee is currently an artist in residence at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, preparing for what will be his biggest show to date. We get a rare behind the scenes glimpse of McGee’s installation in progress from BAM/PFA. This mid career survey will span over 3 decades of work, from spray painted objects to a myriad of rainbow geometric patterns. The exhibition will be on view from August 24th to December 9th and will travel to ICA Boston next Spring.

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