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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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John McCracken

(1934 - 2011), USA

Born in 1934 in California, McCracken minimalist sculptures that commonly lean against a gallery wall highlight the space in the gallery occupied by both viewer and object. He studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts from 1957 to 1965. Later, in 1966 he became a Professor at the art school of the University of California where students of Minimalist and Conceptual art were practicing. He is commonly associated with the West Coast schools of Minimalism for his monochromatic sculptures that depict colour and form in the purest means. Meanwhile, his exploration of surfaces sees him cover his sculptures in lacquer and resin, and even sand the edges of cubes to create smooth surfaces that appear as if they were manufactured. His work has been thought to unite the practices of sculpture and painting through his committment to the depiction of pure colour and form, and the activation of the space surrounding the work. McCracken has said, 'the floor representing the physical world of standing objects, trees, cars, buildings, human bodies, and everything, and the wall representing the world of the imagination, illusionistic painting space, human mental space, and all that.'

In 1968 he was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Awards. He has held a number of solo exhibitions, predominantly in New York and California, but also in London, Milan, New Mexico, and Zurich.  He lived and worked in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and New York. McCraken died in 2011 at age 77.

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Featured Artworks

Untitled by John McCracken contemporary artwork John McCrackenUntitled, 1972 Fibreglass on wood
11.4 x 7 x 243.8 cm
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Wing by John McCracken contemporary artwork John McCrackenWing, 2005 Lacquer, polyester resin, fibreglass, and plywood
44.5 x 29.2 x 18.7 cm
Pace Gallery
Black Plank by John McCracken contemporary artwork John McCrackenBlack Plank, 1972 Polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood
242 x 46 x 4 cm
Almine Rech
Untitled, Black Column by John McCracken contemporary artwork John McCrackenUntitled, Black Column, 1977 Polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood
292.1 x 121.9 x 73.7 cm
Almine Rech
Link by John McCracken contemporary artwork John McCrackenLink, 2000 Polyester resin, fiber glass and wood
231 x 38 x 6.5 cm
Almine Rech
Ring by John McCracken contemporary artwork John McCrackenRing, 2006 Resin, fiberglass and plywood
54.6 x 24.1 x 27.9 cm
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flavin, Judd, McCracken, Sandback at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Closed
15 November–21 December 2018 Group Exhibition Flavin, Judd, McCracken, Sandback David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, John McCracken, Solo Exhibition at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
24 February–15 April 2017 John McCracken Solo Exhibition David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition Organised by DeWain Valentine, Plastic Show at Almine Rech, London
Closed
9 February–25 March 2017 Group Exhibition Organised by DeWain Valentine Plastic Show Almine Rech, London

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Edinburgh Art Festival 2016 Related Press Edinburgh Art Festival 2016 Aesthetica Magazine : 28 July 2016

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