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Alias Barry McGee (exist) - 0

Jonathan Keats | July 25, 2012 | Story Galleries and Performance

Most painters will do almost anything for a little name recognition. But McGee, San Francisco’s most famous and influential graffiti artist, has preferred to hide his work behind nearly a dozen monikers, each with a radically different persona and style. Changing names is “a way to test his own credibility,” explains Berkeley Art Museum curator Dena Beard, who helped organize a two-decade retrospective of the artist’s work that begins in August. Since these disguises can also be downright bewildering, here’s a guide to McGee’s favorites.


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