With artists like KAWS and Banksy regularly topping lists of the most expensive artists, it’s easy to forget there was a time when street art and graffiti were considered low brow nuisances. The drastic surge of interest in those artists is due in large part to the paths paved by the late artist Margaret Kilgallen and her husband Barry McGee , who together helped bring San Francisco’s underground art scene to the attention of critics, institutions, and audiences. “I like things that are handmade,” Kilgallen says in an exclusive interview for Art21’s “Place” series , riding her bicycle around San Francisco’s Mission district and taking pictures of hand-painted signs adorning mom-and-pop shops.

Source: ‘That’s Where the Beauty Is’: Street Artist Margaret Kilgallen on Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life

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