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Barry McGee -- Smash The State

Barry McGee

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ISBN 10: 0962054585 / ISBN 13: 9780962054587
Published by The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2004
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Pristine. Mint. Published on the occasion of the exhibition.Visually stunning, cool, loose, informal, iconic graffiti art, made it big with major exhibitions in 2001 and as a result much of his street art has been stolen and liberated through out San Francisco and California because of the fast rise in it's value. Urban ills and problems are just one of his themes. Very collectible artist and book., no dj issued. Curated by Raphaela Platow. Bookseller Inventory # 000066

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Title: Barry McGee -- Smash The State

Publisher: The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Barry McGee, Josh Lazcano

Book Condition:As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 2004, San Francisco street artist Barry McGee created a large-scale installation for The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. This artist's book is the only record of the project, which was dismantled at the end of the exhibition. McGee's graffiti markings first appeared under the tag name Twist in San Francisco in the 1980s. A formally trained artist, McGee draws on a variety of influences, ranging from Mexican muralist painting, San Francisco Beat poetry and pivotal artistic forefathers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Philip Guston. Interwoven with his large-scale graphics and comic-strip works are found materials such as empty bottles, discarded syringes, old sheet metal and other fragments from the street, remade into sculptural installations. The artist's sad-eyed characters, painted as large-scale figures on the walls or as miniature versions on his found objects, voice the burden of deep existential uncertainty in a culture organized around economic and ethnic inequality. Limited stock available.

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