John McCracken, ‘Untitled (Celebration)’, 1979, Caviar20

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

Fair History on Artsy

David Zwirner at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017
David Zwirner at FOG Design+Art 2015