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.