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Title

Untitled (man with baseball hat)

2000

Artist

Barry McGee

United States of America

1966 –

  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    L2010.63.a-rrr
    Copyright
    © Barry McGee

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    Artist information
    Barry McGee

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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