John McCracken Works from 1963-2011

September 10 - October 19, 2013

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works by John McCracken (1934-2011), on view at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location. Drawn primarily from public and private collections, the exhibition includes both well-known and lesser-seen examples of McCracken’s production from the early 1960s up through his death in 2011. In addition to presenting a range of the artist’s sculptures, a number of his paintings and sketches are on view in an effort to fully contextualize and demonstrate the wide-ranging breadth of his practice.

 

McCracken occupies a singular position within the recent history of American art, as his work melds the restrained formal qualities of Minimalist sculpture with a distinctly West Coast sensibility expressed through color, form, and surface. Viewed in their totality, the works in this exhibition present a vocabulary of forms and pinpoint specific tendencies in McCracken’s practice, exploring in particular concepts of spatiality and his relationship to architecture.

 

On the occasion of the exhibition, the gallery will publish a comprehensive monograph, which will include new scholarship by art historian Robin Clark.