After featuring a new body of work at Perrotin Hong Kong back in September, San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee is heading to the gallery’s Tokyo location for his latest solo exhibition, entitled “Potato Sack Body.” A pioneer of the Mission School, an art movement that “encompasses the spirit of urban culture and its strong sense of community,” McGee crafts sullen-faced caricatures, vibrant patterns and stylized acronyms to explore the human condition and complexities of urban life.
For his latest exhibition, McGee experiments with the juxtaposition between imagery and material with multi-panel paintings, framed works, painted ceramics, repurposed found objects and more. The range of elements displays an inclusive approach to art, which “evokes a sense of community and diversity that could be seen as typical of the Bay area from which he hails.” Further inspired by the place he has resided in throughout his artistic career, McGee constructs site-specific installations that explore space and the dialogue between art and life.
McGee and BEAMS have also teamed up for a range of limited edition merchandise that will feature the artist’s signature motifs. From February 1 to 16, the products will be available to purchase at a pop-up store in BEAMS’ Harajuku flagship.
Take a closer look at select works from “Potato Sack Body” above. The exhibition will run from February 7 to March 28.
Piramide Building, 1F
6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku
For more noteworthy shows, check out HYPEBEAST’s list of 20 must-see exhibitions across the globe for 2020.
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Barry McGee is coming to Tokyo! Join us for the opening of his exhibition ‘Potato Sack Body’ at Perrotin Tokyo on February 7. Based in San Francisco, McGee is associated with the Mission School, an artistic movement which encompasses the spirit of urban culture and its strong sense of community. Taking inspiration from the city he calls home, as well as the places he has resided in throughout his artistic career, McGee constructs site-specific installations that evoke his playful investigations into space and the unending dialogue between art and life. — バリー・マッギーが東京にやってくる！2月7日よりペロタン東京にて開催のバリー・マッギー個展「Potato Sack Body」のオープニングにぜひご参加ください！ サンフランシスコを拠点とするマッギーは、都市文化の精神とコミュニティ意識を取り巻くアート・ムーブメントで、アメリカンフォークアートやオプ・アート、アーバンリアリズムの影響を受けた「ミッション・スクール」の一員です。マッギーは故郷と呼ぶ都市や作家としてのキャリアを通して居住した各地よりインスピレーションを得ながら、アートと人生の終わりなき対話や、空間に対する遊び心溢れる研究を思い起こさせるサイト・スペシフィック・インスタレーションを創り上げます。 — Barry McGee: ‘Potato Sack Body’ ? Perrotin Tokyo ? February 7 – March 28, 2020 — #BarryMcGee #PotatoSackBody #MissionSchool #PerrotinTokyo #Perrotin #バリー・マッギー #ポテト・サック・ボディ #ミッションスクール #ペロタン東京 #ペロタン — © Barry McGee; Courtesy of the artist, Perrotin, and Ratio 3, San Francisco.