On May 3, the gallery will present sculptures by New Mexico-based artist John McCracken, from the late Eighties through 1997. This will be the artist's first one-person exhibition at the gallery, and in New York. Over the last two years, McCracken has had major solo shows in London, Basel, Los Angeles, Vienna, Munich and Paris.
John McCracken's work was of crucial importance during the emergence of Minimalist art in the 1960's. While Minimalist artists such as Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and Dan Flavin were gaining ground with their work in New York, McCracken was experimenting in Los Angeles with a medium somewhere between sculpture and painting, in a parallel fashion. Sharing a focus on simplicity of form and content, as well as an emphasis on color, McCracken distinguished himself from the New York Minimalists by making color an integral element of the form itself.
This fully illustrated catalogue was published on the occasion of the 2005 solo exhibition Early Sculpture / John McCracken at Zwirner & Wirth, New York. The exhibition presented early sculptures from the 1960s and early 1970s and comprised a selection of significant works from the period during which McCracken rose to prominence with his monochromatic geometric sculptures. It was the first exhibition in New York since the 1960s to focus on McCracken’s early sculpture, illustrating the beginning of his continued investigation of reduced geometric form and saturated color. Early Sculpture / John McCracken brilliantly reproduces in full color the artist’s signature planks as well as a group of wall reliefs, pedestal works, a freestanding cube, and a collection of pages culled from his sketchbooks. Also included is an interview with the artist by the Director of White Columns, Matthew Higgs.