Cheim & Read will be kicking off 2018 with an exhibition of new work by Barry McGee, opening on January 4, 2018. This will be the second show at the NYC gallery by San Francisco's legendary artist, and will be accompanied by a catalogue that will include an essay by Katya Tylevich.
This new showcase will continue on the previous major exhibitions by McGee, who is infamous for his eclectic mix of painting, drawing,and sculpture, often intertwined with found objects, tags, spray paint marks and other elements of vandalism and graffiti. With works presented in an unique and unusual manner, these entire installations usually evoke the craziness of artist's hometown, especially the Mission area, as well as transfer the spirit of his studio into a white cube setting.
For his new show at Cheim & Read, McGee will send everything from his San Francisco studio that “resonates” for him, as he has described it. The installation will include such elements as ceramics, a stack of surfboards, a group of cluster paintings, the infamous ballpoint drawings, as well as newer pieces similar to the ones seen at his most recent show at the Watari-um Museum in Tokyo. These pieces are mixing raw spraypaint lines with his signature "people" portraits. The idea behind "maybe" installing the works is part of the artist’s program of "incorporating unseen objects into an installation, where their energy is meant to be felt as a presence in the room." —Sasha Bogojev
The show will be on view from January 4 through February 17 2018.