House of Blues ‘tagging’ flags Barry McGee mid-career exhibition at ICA

A crew of artists for graffitist and street artist Barry McGee works on a piece behind the House of Blues Thursday. They use Montana spray paint from Spain. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)
A crew of artists for graffitist and street artist Barry McGee works on a piece behind the House of Blues Thursday. They use Montana spray paint from Spain. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)Credit:

Members of artist Barry McGee’s crew rendered an artwork on the outside of the House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Thursday. The work was done in conjunction with McGee’s mid-career survey exhibition, which opens April 6 at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

McGee was an integral member of the Mission School of San Francisco during the early ’90s — an urban movement led by so-called street artists — and began his career as a graffitist. He has made it a point to subvert artistic expectations ever since.

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