Barry McGee Talks About Tagging
Barry McGee talks about his connection to graffiti culture and in particular, the act of throwing up a tag, in this insightful video piece by Art 21. The video was filmed in 2012 to coincide with the artist’s retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA).
McGee, who became interested in tagging while growing up in San Francisco, describes the excitement of putting up new tags and the rush of getting away with it. Alongside his ongoing and intimate involvement with street culture, McGee has maintained an active studio practice, which he describes as being something “completely different.” These two disparate ways of making—and showing—work meet in “Barry McGee,” which is currently showing at the ICA Boston.