|Posted on September 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM|
There was so much great artwork I got to see this summer. One of the highlights was Barry McGee’s exhibition at ICA in Boston. I have always been a big fan of graffiti art and it was exciting to see a whole bunch of his work in one place and despite some people’s opinion I don’t think he has lost any street cred whatsoever by going ”indoors”. The work was diverse while Barry’s true authentic style beat heartily throughout the entire collection. Myself being completely drawn to patterns really enjoyed his giant wall of colorful geometrics. I also loved the intimacy of the framed images created on bits and pieces of paper and commercial leftovers. It’s interesting to note that he had requested to curate a separate show within his own. After meandering through his work I discovered in the last room an exhibition containing fragments from fellow graffiti artists, beaten up skateboards and curiosities that Barry had assembled as a kind of post script to his own show. I truly loved that the museum was allowing photography of the exhibit for personal use. As a teacher in addition to being an artist having that option was overwhelming! It didn’t stop me from dropping some dough in the museum shop. I am heart broken today to discover that Barry just had an opening in New York at gallery Cheim and Read this past Thursday. Super Bummer. I’ll still have to check it out.
I have to mention what an awesome building Barry’s exhibit in Boston is. It opened in 2006 and was Boston’s first new art museum to open in over 100 years. Definitely a place to go visit if you are in Boston.