Installation view of the exhibition John McCracken: Works from 1963 to 2011, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.

John McCracken

Works from 1963-2011

My tendency is to reduce or develop everything to "single things;" things which refer to nothing outside, but which at the same time possibly refer, or relate, to everything.
–John McCracken

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 in New York. Drawn primarily from public and private collections, the approximately fifty works in this exhibition chart the evolution of McCracken's diverse but considered oeuvre. Encompassing both well-known and lesser-seen examples of the artist's production from the early 1960s up through his death in 2011, the exhibition includes a range of the artist's sculptures as well as a number of his paintings and sketches in an effort to fully contextualize and demonstrate the 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 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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A lacquer, fiberglass, and plywood sculpture by John McCracken, titled Mykonos, dated 1965.

John McCracken

Mykonos, 1965
Lacquer, fiberglass, and plywood
15 x 16 1/2 x 7 inches (38.1 x 41.9 x 17.8 cm)
A mixed media sculpture by John McCracken, titled M87, dated 1988.

John McCracken

M87, 1988
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
88 x 39 x 15 1/2 inches (223.5 x 99.1 x 39.4 cm)
Installation view of the exhibition John McCracken: Works from 1963 to 2011, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition John McCracken: Works from 1963 to 2011, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition John McCracken: Works from 1963 to 2011, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition John McCracken: Works from 1963 to 2011, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition John McCracken: Works from 1963 to 2011, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition John McCracken: Works from 1963 to 2011, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition John McCracken: Works from 1963 to 2011, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.

John 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.

A painting by John McCracken, titled Ophirin, dated 1972.

John McCracken

Ophirin, 1972
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
A painting by John McCracken, titled Trebizonoum, dated 1972.

John McCracken

Trebizonoum, 1972
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
A six part mixed media sculpture by John McCracken, titled Six Columns, dated 2006.

John McCracken

Six Columns, 2006
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood in six (6) parts
94 x 19 x 12 inches (column 1) 238.8 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm 94 x 20 x 12 inches (column 2) 238.8 x 50.8 x 30.5 cm 94 x 19 x 14 inches (column 3) 238.8 x 48.3 x 35.6 cm 92 x 18 x 12 1/2 inches (column 4) 233.7 x 45.7 x 31.8 cm 92 x 17 x 12 inches (column 5) 233.7 x 43.2 x 30.5 cm 92 x 19 x 11 1/2 inches (column 6) 233.7 x 48.3 x 29.2 cm
A mixed media sculpture by John McCracken, titled Zephyr, dated 1992.

John McCracken

Zephyr, 1992
Polyester resin, fiberglass, and plywood
9 x 96 x 13 1/2 inches (22.9 x 243.8 x 34.3 cm)

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