Anthony McCall, ‘Study for 'Leaving'’, 2013, Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction 2014

Estimate: $2,000.
Anthony McCall is best known as a pioneer in the history of experimental cinema and installation art. His “Leaving” series features solid light works in which a projected beam of light is the primary focus of the composition, rather than the image showing on a screen.

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About Anthony McCall

Best known as a pioneer in the history of experimental cinema and installation art, Anthony McCall began his career in the avant-garde London Filmmakers Cooperative in the 1970s. Shortly after moving to New York in 1973, he produced the first of his infamous “solid-light” installations, titled Line Describing a Cone (1973). Between 1973 and 1975, McCall produced a number of these works—in which 16mm films would be projected in haze-filled rooms and create the illusion of volume, with the projected light often expanding, contracting, or sweeping through the exhibition space. Toward the end of the 1970s, McCall began a 20-year hiatus. In the 1990s, he revisited his early series, this time using computer scripts and digital projections.

American, b. 1946, London, United Kingdom, based in New York, New York