Installation view of the exhibition, John McCracken, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.

John McCracken

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works by John McCracken at the gallery's 537 West 20th Street location in New York. Drawn primarily from the last decade of the artist's career, the works on view explore varying articulations of seriality within the artist's diverse oeuvre, and the way in which he engaged formal concerns, such as verticality, surface, and particularly color, as a means of composing simple, but deeply resonant sculptures and installations.

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 finish. He developed his early sculptural work while studying painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in the late 1950s and early 1960s. While experimenting with increasingly three-dimensional canvases, the artist began to produce objects made with industrial materials, including plywood, sprayed lacquer, and pigmented resin, creating the highly reflective, smooth surfaces that he was to become known for.

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Installation view of the exhibition, John McCracken, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition, John McCracken, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition, John McCracken, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Space, dated 2008.

John McCracken

Space, 2008
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in five (5) parts
96 x 72 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (243.8 x 184.2 x 34.3 cm)
A mixed media sculpture in five parts by John McCracken, titled Flare, dated 2008.

John McCracken

Flare, 2008
Polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood
Overall dimensions: 96 x 72 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (243.8 x 184.2 x 34.3 cm) 5 parts, each: 96 x 4 1/2 x 3 inches (243.8 x 11.4 x 7.6 cm)

John McCracken

Sketchbook II, Pages 66-66 1/2, 1966
Pencil, colored pencil, and ink on paper
13 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches (34.6 x 26.7 cm)

"I think of color as being the structural material I use to build the forms I am interested in. The fact that in another sense I use plywood, fiberglass and lacquer as structural materials is of less importance. I have found that a certain combination of color inensity and transparency and surface finish provide me with the expressive means I way, at least for the present."

John McCracken
1/20/66

Installation view of the exhibition, John McCracken, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition, John McCracken, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition, John McCracken, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2017.
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Arc, dated 2005.

John McCracken

Arc, 2005
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
94 x 20 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (238.8 x 52.1 x 34.3 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Mara, dated 2005.

John McCracken

Mara, 2005
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
94 x 22 x 13 inches (238.8 x 55.9 x 33 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Wave, dated 2004.

John McCracken

Wave, 2004
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
96 x 30 x 16 inches (243.8 x 76.2 x 40.6 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Siskiyou, dated 1988.

John McCracken

Siskiyou, 1988
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
96 x 27 x 14 inches (243.8 x 68.6 x 35.6 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Arc, dated 2005.

John McCracken

Arc, 2005
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
94 x 20 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (238.8 x 52.1 x 34.3 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Mara, dated 2005.

John McCracken

Mara, 2005
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
94 x 22 x 13 inches (238.8 x 55.9 x 33 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Wave, dated 2004.

John McCracken

Wave, 2004
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
96 x 30 x 16 inches (243.8 x 76.2 x 40.6 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Siskiyou, dated 1988.

John McCracken

Siskiyou, 1988
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
96 x 27 x 14 inches (243.8 x 68.6 x 35.6 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Fire, dated 2007.

John McCracken

Fire, 2007
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in six (6) parts
44 x 181 x 8 1/2 inches (111.8 x 459.7 x 21.6 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Light, dated 2003.

John McCracken

Light, 2003
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in ten (10) parts
Overall: 32 x 253 x 6 inches (81.3 x 642.6 x 15.2 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Chord, dated 2004.

John McCracken

Chord, 2004
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in six (6) parts
Overall: 26 x 90 1/2 x 5 inches (66 x 229.9 x 12.7 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Space, dated 2008.

John McCracken

Space, 2008
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in five (5) parts
96 x 72 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (243.8 x 184.2 x 34.3 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Galaxy, dated 2008.

John McCracken

Galaxy, 2008
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in eight (8) parts
Overall: 96 x 124 x 13 1/2 inches (243.8 x 315 x 34.3 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Rhythm, dated 2008.

John McCracken

Rhythm, 2008
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in seven (7) parts
96 x 106 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (243.8 x 270.5 x 34.3 cm)
A sculpture by John McCracken, titled Song, dated 2008.

John McCracken

Song, 2008
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in eight (8) parts
96 x 124 x 13 1/2 inches (243.8 x 315 x 34.3 cm)
A mixed media sculpture in five parts by John McCracken, titled Flare, dated 2008.

John McCracken

Flare, 2008
Polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood
Overall dimensions: 96 x 72 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (243.8 x 184.2 x 34.3 cm) 5 parts, each: 96 x 4 1/2 x 3 inches (243.8 x 11.4 x 7.6 cm)

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