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Rago/Wright

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Signed by both artists
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Foundation Super Co., San Diego

A member of the so-called Mission School, Barry McGee got his start as a graffiti artist in late 1980s San Francisco, where he tagged under the moniker Twist. In the decades since, he’s embraced a studio practice that includes sculptures, which retain the grit of his aesthetic beginnings: He’s incorporated motifs of empty liquor bottles, spray-paint cans, and scrap metal into his work. McGee also makes drawings, paintings, and mixed-media installations that address the realities of contemporary urban life; rampant consumerism and social stratification are particular concerns. McGee’s signatures include colorful geometric patterns and a recurring male character with sagging, tired eyes. He often presents his paintings framed and mounted together in large clusters. McGee has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums and institutions including Fondazione Prada in Milan, the Hammer Museum, the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. On the secondary market, his work has sold for six-figure prices.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
TAR PITV1 Gallery
2018
Little Savage - Barry McGeeV1 Gallery
2013
Proximities 2: Knowing Me, Knowing YouAsian Art Museum
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Chris Johanson’s wildly colorful artistic productions are musings on phenomena in contemporary life—including the psychological perils of consumerism, cult spirituality, and self-help. Johanson’s career stems from his early activities in the Northern California punk scene, in which he produced ephemera, posters, and zines. Johanson’s oeuvre now includes paintings, drawings, installation, and sculpture. His early style was characterized by its raw humor, cartoon-like aesthetic, and incorporation of reclaimed materials, like wood and paper from dumpsters and construction sites. In later works, Johanson has used more simplified forms, abstract forms and conceptual themes.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Chris Johanson | PaintingsGalleri Nicolai Wallner
2017
CHRIS JOHANSON | Infused PaperGalleri Nicolai Wallner
2014
Continuity Escapes Me (My Selfishness in Los Angeles)Galleri Nicolai Wallner
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And Your Friends are My Friends, 2012

Transfer printed wood skateboard deck
30 × 8 in
76.2 × 20.3 cm
Edition 77/100
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Rago/Wright

Unframed

Medium
Signature
Signed by both artists
Manufacturer
Foundation Super Co., San Diego

A member of the so-called Mission School, Barry McGee got his start as a graffiti artist in late 1980s San Francisco, where he tagged under the moniker Twist. In the decades since, he’s embraced a studio practice that includes sculptures, which retain the grit of his aesthetic beginnings: He’s incorporated motifs of empty liquor bottles, spray-paint cans, and scrap metal into his work. McGee also makes drawings, paintings, and mixed-media installations that address the realities of contemporary urban life; rampant consumerism and social stratification are particular concerns. McGee’s signatures include colorful geometric patterns and a recurring male character with sagging, tired eyes. He often presents his paintings framed and mounted together in large clusters. McGee has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums and institutions including Fondazione Prada in Milan, the Hammer Museum, the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. On the secondary market, his work has sold for six-figure prices.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

Chris Johanson’s wildly colorful artistic productions are musings on phenomena in contemporary life—including the psychological perils of consumerism, cult spirituality, and self-help. Johanson’s career stems from his early activities in the Northern California punk scene, in which he produced ephemera, posters, and zines. Johanson’s oeuvre now includes paintings, drawings, installation, and sculpture. His early style was characterized by its raw humor, cartoon-like aesthetic, and incorporation of reclaimed materials, like wood and paper from dumpsters and construction sites. In later works, Johanson has used more simplified forms, abstract forms and conceptual themes.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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