Born in San Francisco, 1966 
Lives in San Francisco, CA

B.F.A. in Painting & Printmaking, San Francisco Art Institute, 1991 

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Little Savage, Eighteen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, Bellport, New York
SB Mid Summer Intensive, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
Cheim & Read, New York 

2017
Big Sky, Little Moon, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

2016
MC06, Monster Children Magazine, Sydney

2015
China Boo, Ratio 3, San Francisco

2013
Focus: Barry McGee, Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, TX
Barry McGee, Mid-career Survey, ICA Boston, MA
Cheim and Read, New York, NY 

2012
Barry McGee, Mid-career Survey, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA 
Street, New Art Gallery Walsall, West Highlands, UK

2011
Workshop Arte Contemporanea, Venice, Italy 
New Work, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK

2010
Barry McGee & Clare Rojas, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California
The Last Night (two person show with HuskMitNavn), Alice Gallery, Brussels

2009
Mr Brown, Galleria, Alessandra Bonomo, Rome Italy

2008 
A Moment for Reflection: New Work by Lydia Fong, Ratio 3, San Francisco 
They Don’t Make this Anymore, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 
Barry McGee & Clare Rojas, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside

2007 
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 
Butler Gallery, Kilkenney Castle, Ireland 
Redcat Gallery, Los Angeles

2006
We Have a Friend in Common, Nicolai Wallner Gallery, Copenhagen 
The Art of Robert Pimple, Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco

2005 
Easy Tonto, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London 
One More Thing, Deitch Projects, New York 
John Kaldor Art Projects, Metropolitan Meat Market, Melbourne 
Things Are Really Getting Better, Museum Het Domein, Sittard

2004 
Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne 
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston 
John Kaldor Projects, Sydney

2002 
Prada Foundation, Milan 
Modern Art, London Gallery 
Paule Anglim, San Francisco

2000 
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

1999 
Hoss, Rice Universtiy Art Gallery, Houston 
The Buddy System, Deitch Projects, New York

1998 
Regards, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

1995 
Installation, Art & Design Studio/ K&T Lionheart LTD, Boston, MA

1994 
Installation, Center for the Arts Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

1993 
Installation, Museum Laser Segall, Sao Paulo

Group Exhibitions 

2018
Beyond the Streets, multi-media installations spread throughout Los Angeles, California
People, Deitch Projects, New York 

2017
10th Anniversary, Gallery Target, Tokyo, Japan
The Present Tense: R. Crumb / Barry McGee, Ratio 3, San Francisco
Sea Sick in Paradise, curated by Amy Yao, Malibu Village and Dean & Deluca, Malibu, California 
Stay Gold – Todd James, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, and Thomas Campbell, VI Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2015
FUD, V1 Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Auto Body, Bellport, NY

2014
Green Circle, Black Diamond, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Honolulu 014, RVCA x The Seventh Letter Pop-Up, Pow! Wow!, Honolulu, HI
Department of Neighborhood Services, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY
Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California, Oakland Museum of California, CA

2013
ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, San Francisco Art Institute Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco, CA
(Almost) Free-Formed: Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, and Laurie Reid in Collaboration, City College Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011
Sydney Laneways, Sydney, Australia
Art in The Streets, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Let’s Go Bombing Tonight, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Postermat, The Hole, New York, NY

2010
Outside The Box, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
They Knew What They Wanted, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Brush Strokes, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Transfer, Brazilian Cultural Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil
Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Barry McGee & Clare Rojas, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California
Outside The Box, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Pleasure Point: Celebrating 25 Years of Contemporary Collectors, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

2009 
75 Years Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
mindthegap, Prism, Los Angeles, LA
New York Minute, MACRO FUTURE, Rome, Italy 
Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France 
Born in the streets-Graffiti, Foundation Cartier, Paris, France
Liberation Upon Contact, Ratio 3, San Francisco 
Barry McGee / Ed Templeton / Raymond Pettibon, Circleculture Gallery, Berlin, Germany 
Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum

2008 
Len Lye : A Colour Box, Arcade Fine Arts, London 
Dripsy, Galerie Olivier Robert, Paris 
Life on Mars, the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh

2007 
Alpha, Ratio 3, San Francisco 
EUPHORION, Pierogi Gallery, Leipzig 
Kinky Sex (Makes the World Go ‘Round), Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles

2006
Meditations In An Emergency, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Michigan 
Spank the Monkey, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 
Summer Show, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

2005 
On Line, The Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen

2004 
Monument to Now, The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens 
Beautiful Losers, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinatti

2002 
Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool 
Drawing Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2001
Holdfast, Barry McGee & Margaret Kilgallen, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens Un Art Populaire, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris 
Widely Unknown, Deitch Projects, New York
Venice Biennial, Venice

2000
Street Market, Parco Gallery, Tokyo 
Street Market, Deitch Projects, New York 
Indelible Market, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

1998 
Art From Around the Bay, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

1997
Drawing Installation-Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Harlem 
Drawing Today, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco 
John Bergruen Gallery, San Francisco

1996
SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco 
WAVEFORMS, Santa Cruz 
Figureheads & Red Herrings, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles 
Acme Custom, Acme Gallery, San Francisco 
Wall Drawings, The Drawing Center, New York 
City Folk, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York

1995 
Degenerate Art, The Lab, San Francisco 
Post No Bills, Acme Gallery, San Francisco 
Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland Missed Connections, Market Street Installation, Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center Annex, San Francisco 
Installation, Street Art Exhibition, Los Angeles 
The Library, New Langton Arts, San Francisco 
Big Jesus Trash Can, Victoria Room, San Francisco

1993 
Twelve Bay Area Painters: The Eureka Fellowship Winners, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose 
Texture of Nature, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley 
Folklore, Luggage Store, 509 Cultural Center, San Francisco Installation, La Raza Graphics Center, San Francisco

1992 
U.C. Santa Cruz, Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Santa Cruz

1991 
Wet Paint, Southern Exposure, San Francisco 
3/Play, Southern Exposure, San Francisco 
Installation, Diego Rivera Galley, San Francisco 
Wall of Resistance, Wall of Shame, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art 
Against the War. A.T.A. Gallery, San Francisco 
Multicultural Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco

Selected Bibliography

2012
Barry McGee, University of California, Pacific Film Archive, Distributed Art Publishers

2010
Barry McGee, Alleged Press, Damiani editore

 

2008 

Gateshead: Barry McGee, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, The Art Newspaper, March, p. 53 

Barry McGee, MUSAC, Volume II, p. 318-32

 

2007 

Sarica, Frederico. Don’t Stop: Dumbo and Barry McGee in Conversation, Mousse, September- November, p. 83-85

 

2006 

La ley de la calle se impone en ARCO, que tira de artistas urbanos, de spray y de graffity, El Pais, February 11, p. 60 

Azkarraga, Joseba. Punto de Mira, La Razon, February 10, p. 3 

Torres, G. David. The Power of Urban Art, ABCDARCO, February 12, p. 13 

Virus, El Zirus. _One More Thing, Series B, p. 78-81 

Fallah, Amir H. Barry McGee, Beautiful Decay, December 2006, p. 90-98

 

2005 

Things are Really Getting Better, Museum Het Domein Sittard 

Kold, Anders. Noget tegner sig, Louisana Magasin, November, p. 34 

Mendelsohn, Adam E. Review, Time Out New York, July 14 

Steyck, C.R. One More Thing, Juxtapoz, Fall special 

Deitch Projects, Artnews, October, p. 164 

Beck, Olly. Nightmare on Vyner Street, The Critical Friend, p. 6-9 

Deitch Projects, The New Yorker, July 

Smith, Roberta. Urban Outsider Artists Evoke Society’s Margins, The New York Times, August 3

Lack, Jessica. Riot On An Empty Street, i-D, September 

Johnson, Dominic. Review, Frieze, September 

J.L. The Guide, Guardian, September 17, p. 37 

Heuer, Megan. Barry McGee: One More Thing, The Brooklyn Rail, July/August

 

2004 

Barry McGee, Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University 

Safe, Georgina. From a Different Cloth, The Weekend Australian, October 30-31 

Perez, Christopher. Review, Contemporary 

Barclay, Alison. Just Spraying Alive, Herald Sun, October 26 

Roberts, Jo. How’s this for a Twist?, the Age, October 27, pg. 73 

Pheasant, Bill. Melbourne’s Meat Market a Work for Modern Art, The Australian Financial Review, October 28, pg. 48 

Bennett, Oliver. The Quality of Mersey, The Observer Review, September 15

 

2002 
Mandrini, Riccarda. Street Art, L’Uomo Vogue, August 
Baker, Alex. Stickers, Street Markets, Fantasy Folks Ruminations from Philadelphia, Tokyo, May/June
Joo, Eungie, The New Folk, Flash Art, May/June 
Helfand, Glen. Barry McGee, Artforum.com, May 16 
Giovannini, Stefano. Talent Show, Nylon, February 
Heartney, Eleanor. Speaking for Themselves, Art in America, February, p. 53-55 
Joo, Eungie. The New Folk, Flash Art, May/June 
Barry McGee, Prada, Progetto. Fondazione Prada, Milan
Powers, Bill. Quiet! Dad is Dusting His G.I Joes, The New York Times, December 30 
Smith, Roberta. Widely Unknown, The New York Times, December 14

2001 
Aletti, Vince. Top 10 of 2001, Artforum, December 
Juxtapoz, September/October, p. 6 
Schmidt, Jason. The Venice Biennale, V Magazine, September/October 
Birnbaum, Daniel. More is Less, ArtForum, September, p. 55-57 
Cohen, Michael. Street Market, Flash Art, January/February 
Strength, March 
Amos, Sandy. Street Market, zingmagazine 
Valdez, Sarah. Street Market at Deitch Projects, Art in America, December 
Avgikos, Jan. Street Market, ArtForum, December 
Oliver, Suzanne. Bombs Away, The Face, November, p. 50 
Yablonsky, Linda. Street Market, Time Out New York, November 2-9

2000 
Street Market exhibition catalogue, Japan: Little More Publishers 
Baker, Alex. Indelible Market exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art Flannigan, Eileen. SoHO Exhibit Sparks Mental Flames, New York Amsterdam News, October 26-November 1 
Juicy Fruits, Tokion, November-December 2000 
Tokyo Jammin’, October 2000 
Siegal, Nina. Exhibit Becomes Opportunity for Arrest, The New York Times, October 10, p. B4 
Stecyk, C.R. Some Other Small Planet, Super X Media, April 
Venus, Rosa. The Artists in Their Studios, Flaunt Magazine, March

1999 
Buddy System exhibition catalogue, New York: Deitch Projects 
Mccormick, Carlo. Barry McGee’s Twist of Faith, Paper, p. 33 
Leffingwell, Edward. Barry McGee at Deitch Projects, Art in America 
Scherr, Apollinaire. Stealing Beauty, San Francisco Magazine, November 
Smith, Roberta. The New York Times, April
Blake, Nayland. Barry McGee, Interview Magazine, February, p. 44-46 
Kalm, James. Old School, New School, NY Arts

1998 
Caniglia, Julia. ArtForum, 1998

1996 
Bonetti, David. San Francisco Examiner, September 1996 

Awards 

1996
SECA Art Award San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1994
The Creative Work Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund

1993
Lila Wallace, Readers Digest International Artist Program Eureka Fellowship, Fleishaker Foundation

1991
Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute Reed, John. Review, Time out New York, September 29

1990
Carson Paper Award Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute

1989
Sobel Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute

 

Teaching 

1996 
Young Mission Power, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco

1992 
California Conservation Corps, Franklin Park Mural 
Life on the Water/School of the Arts, Installation, San Francisco 
McClymonds High School, Artist Resident Program, Oakland, CA

1991 
McClymonds High School, Visiting Artist Program, Oakland, CA

Commissions 

2015
Facebook 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA

2014
UCSF Medical Center Mosaic, San Francisco, CA

2012
Mark Morris Dance Center Wall Installation, Vanity Fair, Brooklyn, NY 

1995 
Muni Key Stop Program, San Francisco Art Commission 
Wall Installation, 1035 Howars St., Creative Work Fund, San Francisco

1994 
509 Cultural Center/San Francisco Redevelopment Agency

1992 
Mural, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco 
S.F. Art Commission, Art In Transit Program, San Francisco

Collections
Museum of Modern Art, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy