John McCracken

“Work that could have been brought here by a U.F.O.”

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John McCracken (1934-2011) was an American artist, noted as one of the founders of the West Coast Minimalist movement from the late 60’s. Born in Berkeley, California.

He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. And in 1965, McCracken had his first solo exhibition while still a student, at the Nick Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles.

As a young artist, he began painting on canvas in an abstract expressionist style. But in 1966, McCracken generated his signature sculptural form: the planks. Monochrome slabs made from wood, canvas and steel. These planks, as McCracken himself referred to them, are either mounted directly on the wall, or more commonly, lean against the wall.

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Space, 2008

“I don’t mind the term Minimalism because much of the work was about minimalizing, reducing and boiling down.”

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Fire, 2007

John McCracken’s work is on view at David Zwriner, NY until  April 15th, 2017.

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All photos by Enan