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(1934 – 2011), USA

John McCracken Biography

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.'

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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.

John McCracken Featured Artworks

Time Core by John McCracken contemporary artwork
John McCrackenTime Core, 1987Polyester resin, fibreglass, plywood
94 1/4 x 15 x 2 1/8 inches
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Leap by John McCracken contemporary artwork
John McCrackenLeap, 1993Polyester resin, fibreglass, plywood
4 3/4 x 14 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
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Wing by John McCracken contemporary artwork
John McCrackenWing, 2005Lacquer, 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, 1972Polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood
242 x 46 x 4 cm
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Untitled, Black Column by John McCracken contemporary artwork
John McCrackenUntitled, Black Column, 1977Polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood
292.1 x 121.9 x 73.7 cm
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Link by John McCracken contemporary artwork
John McCrackenLink, 2000Polyester resin, fiber glass and wood
231 x 38 x 6.5 cm
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Ring by John McCracken contemporary artwork
John McCrackenRing, 2006Resin, fiberglass and plywood
54.6 x 24.1 x 27.9 cm
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John McCracken Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Miami Online | Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
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2–8 December 2019 Group Exhibition Miami Online | Online Viewing Room David Zwirner, Online Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flavin, Judd, McCracken, Sandback at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
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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
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24 February–15 April 2017 John McCracken Solo Exhibition David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York

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John McCracken In Related Press

An Art Show Celebrates a Once-Maligned Material: Plastic Related Press An Art Show Celebrates a Once-Maligned Material: Plastic 16 February 2017, The New York Times

When DeWain Valentine was deciding what to title his newly organized Plastic Show, he paid homage to an exhibition he helped put together some 45 years back. 'I named that The Last Plastics Show,' recalls the artist of the earlier CalArts exhibition. 'There'd been so many shows regarding plastic and art that I thought it was the last one that I...

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

The UK’s largest annual festival of visual art returns to Edinburgh on 28 July with a dynamic programme of partner exhibitions and pop-up events taking place across the Scottish capital. This year’s Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) is set to be its biggest edition to date, and will include 43 solo and group presentations curated by the...

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Review: Art Basel and Liste Related Press Review: Art Basel and Liste 19 June 2016, Art Agenda

When word got out that Hervé Falciani, a dapper systems engineer at HSBC’s hushed private bank in Geneva, had lifted the identities and details of 130,000 account holders in 2008, the Swiss government was put in the unfortunate position of having to ask its neighbors to extradite this thief or Robin Hood, depending on one’s perspective.

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