John McCracken, ‘Molecule’, 1994, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

Signature: incised with the artist's signature, title and date 1994 on the underside

Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 13 November 2009, Lot 105
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

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