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Art August, 31 2010

Barry McGee Houston Street Mural

After Shepard Fairey and Os Gemeos, it was the turn of Barry McGee to paint the Houston Street Mural and the outcome is raw and somewhat unexpected, yet with a very strong message lying underneath it.

“In an amazing twist, life imitated art in New York Sunday night when Barry McGee and crew descended on the Houston Street wall. Beginning at midnight, McGee, together with longtime collaborator Josh Lazcano (Amaze), began a massive spray-painting spree, bombarding the surface with hundreds of simple red tags. Working through the cover of night, the team created the ultimate graffiti writer’s roll call and a strangely beautiful, if not challenging piece of commissioned abstract art.

By 4am (with some added contributions from Chino) Twist and Amaze had completely filled in the wall with the names and crews of graffiti writers past and present.”

The scene was very busy the entire night, you can read up on the entire story over at TheArtCollectors.

After the jump you can see images of the progress of the mural, as well as the completed piece.


All images and quoted text © Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors

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Uncategorized August, 31 2010

Barry McGee Houston Street Mural

Jeff Newman, of The Art Collectors, reports live from the corner of Houston and Bowery, NYC, where Barry McGee has just completed his commission on the Tony Goldman sanctioned art wall. McGee (aka Twist) worked with long-time collaborator Amaze, and the duo follow in the footsteps of Os Gemeos and Shepard Fairey as the third official exhibitors on the space.

You may recall the wall opened with a reproduction Keith Haring mural and that there were reports of vandal graffiti tagging to the work. Is McGee responding to this in his tag heavy mural?

More images from Mr. Newman after the jump.

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