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Title

Untitled (man with baseball hat)


Artist

Barry McGee

United States of America

1966 -


About

Barry McGee began his career in the 1980s as a graffiti artist. Since the mid 1990s, however, he has been known for his unique murals and installations displayed in museums around the world. His experience as a street artist remains central to his practice and is reflected in his style, use of materials and the ideas behind his work.

In this work McGee’s trademark icon – a caricatured male figure with a twisted oddball face and sagging eyes – is depicted in common house paint on 70 metal plates. The plates are repurposed typesetting trays; cast-offs of a changing industry, their corroded, oxidised surface expresses their age and obsolescence. The hulking figure painted upon them bears a similarly worn-down appearance. His mouth open, he seems to gesture towards himself as if attempting to express his story.


Details


Date

2000


Media category

Painting


Materials used

housepaint on metal, 70 panels


Dimensions

70 panels: 33.5 x 23.0 x 1.6 cm each panel; 336.0 x 164.0 x 1.6 cm installed


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.63.a-rrr


Artist information

Barry McGee

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Pop: the old and the new', pg.195-215, Sydney, 2011, 214, 215 (colour illus.).

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 9 (colour illus.), 61. illustration is an installation view