John McCracken, ‘Klondike’, 1992, Sotheby's
John McCracken, ‘Klondike’, 1992, Sotheby's

Signature: signed, titled and dated 1992 on the reverse

New York, Sonnabend Gallery, John McCracken, April 1992
Brussels, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, John McCracken, 1993

Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1993)
Christie's, London, 15 February 2012, Lot 2
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About John McCracken

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.”

American , 1934-2011, Berkeley, California

Group Shows

Los Angeles,
Katherine Cone Gallery, 
Los Angeles,
You Don't Know Jack