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Alias Barry McGee

Jonathan Keats | August 27, 2012 | Lifestyle Story Galleries and Performance City Life Culture

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.
Aug 24 - Dec 9, Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, bampfa.berkeley.edu


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