John McCracken, ‘Black Block’, Christie's
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John McCracken

Black Block

Lacquer, fiberglass and plywood
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Signed, titled and dated 'BLACK BLOCK 1966 JOHN MCCRACKEN' (on the underside)
John McCracken
American, 1934–2011
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Working with what he called “planks,” John McCracken created Minimalist sculptures that bridge the material world with the metaphysical. By leaning the planks against the wall, McCracken’s intention was to connect the spheres of two-dimensional painting and three-dimensional sculpture. His method involved a laborious process of painting, sanding, and polishing the polyester resin on each plywood board to achieve a flawless patina that looks machine-made, bringing to mind the 1960s West Coast “Finish Fetish Art” aesthetic. The most dramatic effect of his glossy surfaces is the way they become as reflective as mirrors and oftentimes seem to disappear altogether, such as in his 1985 work Akitanai. “My tendency,” McCracken once said, “is to reduce or develop everything to 'single things'—things which refer to nothing outside [themselves] but which at the same time possibly refer, or relate, to everything.”

John McCracken, ‘Black Block’, Christie's
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About the work
Exhibition history
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C
Christie's
Signature
Signed, titled and dated 'BLACK BLOCK 1966 JOHN MCCRACKEN' (on the underside)
John McCracken
American, 1934–2011
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Working with what he called “planks,” John McCracken created Minimalist sculptures that bridge the material world with the metaphysical. By leaning the planks against the wall, McCracken’s intention was to connect the spheres of two-dimensional painting and three-dimensional sculpture. His method involved a laborious process of painting, sanding, and polishing the polyester resin on each plywood board to achieve a flawless patina that looks machine-made, bringing to mind the 1960s West Coast “Finish Fetish Art” aesthetic. The most dramatic effect of his glossy surfaces is the way they become as reflective as mirrors and oftentimes seem to disappear altogether, such as in his 1985 work Akitanai. “My tendency,” McCracken once said, “is to reduce or develop everything to 'single things'—things which refer to nothing outside [themselves] but which at the same time possibly refer, or relate, to everything.”

John McCracken

Black Block

Lacquer, fiberglass and plywood
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.