Focus: Barry McGee
LocationModern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The latest exhibition to underscore the Modern’s interest in urban and street artists examines the work of San Francisco’s Barry McGee, who switched street names as often as he wanted to switch up his graffiti. Though formally trained as an artist, McGee achieved notoriety in the 1990s for distinctive tags that paid homage to the street artists who preceded him by decades as well as Mexican muralists. He often depicted sad characters on the fringes of society, giving rise to his most recognizable motif of a lowly man seemingly scowling at the entire world, and now adeptly straddles the increasingly interchangeable spheres of fine and urban art.