ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND
Thursday, September 12 - Saturday, December 14, 2013
Walter and McBean Galleries
CLOSING RECEPTION » Thursday, December 12 / 7–10 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
Mission School: Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, Ruby Neri
Curated by Natasha Boas
ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND features early and formative work by five artists—Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri—who began their careers in the early 1990s in San Francisco’s Mission district and, by the early aughts, had been identified and celebrated as key members of the so-called Mission School.
This exhibition takes a focused and unprecedented view of an art movement that has garnered cult-like status over the last two decades, by looking closely at shared formal concerns in the painting and studio practice of these five artists—friends and collaborators who attended or were associated with the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). The exhibition connects works and ephemera produced at the beginning of the artists’ careers, much of which has remained in their personal or peer collections, with vibrant new work created for this show.
ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND will travel to Grey Art Gallery, New York University, April 15–July 12, 2014.
SFAI Alumni: Barry McGee (BFA Printmaking, 1991), Ruby Neri (BFA Painting, 1994), Alicia McCarthy (BFA Painting, 1994)
Paint on paper
34 x 22 inches
Courtesy of the artist