Apr 10

The Reinvention of Barry McGee

Barry McGee was recently asked to re-install his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for its 75th Anniversary retrospective. I remember back in 1999 on one of my regular flaneuring sessions I saw a crowd of folks in front of a Soho gallery gathering for a show. Upon further investigation I discovered one of the coolest exhibits I ever saw by the artist “Twist” AKA Barry McGee. This exhibit titled The Buddy System was McGee’s first New York solo show. There are few things that equal the excitement of being totally surprised by a new voice in art. Check out the video from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as some photos from that show I walked into back in 1999 courtesy of Deitch Projects.