Former Deitch Artist Barry McGee Finds Home with Cheim & Read

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Another former Deitch artist has found a new home. Barry McGee will show with New York gallery Cheim & Read, a representative of the gallery told The Observer today.

Longtime Soho fixture Deitch Projects shuttered in June 2010 when art dealer and gallerist Jeffrey Deitch took his current job as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Since then, the high-profile artists to whom his gallery gave exhibitions have been landing at New York galleries. To name just two, abstract painter Tauba Auerbach signed with Paula Cooper; figurative painter Kehinde Wiley, known for his colorful, elaborately patterned portraits of hip hop artists, went to Sean Kelly.

San Francisco-based Mr. McGee, a painter and graffiti artist, made his name at Deitch Projects in the late 90s, showing art that came in from the streets: assemblages of drawings set in broken frames; graffiti paraphernalia. He went on to be included in prestigious international exhibitions like the Carnegie International, in Pittsburgh. Mr. McGee hasn’t had a New York show since 2005.

“The gallery first became aware of Barry’s work in 2002 when he exhibited at the Prada Foundation in Milan,” Adam Sheffer, a partner at Cheim & Read told The Observer via email, “and we have followed the work closely since that time.”

Former Deitch Artist Barry McGee Finds Home with Cheim & Read