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John McCracken  1934-2011, US

Rank (2014): 764 – 

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USA 99
France 19
Germany 15
United Kingdom 12
Switzerland 7




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Sol LeWitt  9 50
Donald Judd  59 44
Carl Andre  43 41
Bruce Nauman  3 35




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  David Zwirner, Inc., USA 10
  Espace de l’art concret, France 6
  Franklin Parrasch Gallery, USA 5
  Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Canada 5
  Zwirner & Wirth, USA 5



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9.12.1934 Born in Berkeley, CA (US)

Techniques 1960 - 1980 The foundations of John McCracken's formal vocabulary were laid in the mid-1960s, in parallel with the work of such artists as Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Larry Bell. His quest for the distillation of the work of art led him to make monochrome geometric volumes that directly occupy the space. In 1966 he arrived at the form for which he is best-known, the "plank": a simple elongated form standing on the floor and leaning against the wall. At the same time as these "planks" he was also making freestanding columnar forms and geometric volumes whose singleness was their most important feature.

1980 - 2000 In the late Eighties and around 2000 he did a series of pieces in polished stainless steel worked by machines. They are completely reflective and mirror the surroundings and the viewer. They seem to examine the surrounding space, turn it inside out and cut a segment out of it. Some of them are set in outdoor locations by their owners. They then reflect the natural landscape and almost become absorbed into their environment. But in most cases they are shown in enclosed private and museum spaces, where they absorb the architecture around them.

Lives and works in Santa Fe, NM (US)

8.4.2011 Died in New York City, NY (US)

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Public exhibitions (Selection) 185  Please report missing Information



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   Wall Works - Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin Send message

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2013
   John McCracken - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY

2012
   John McCracken: 'IV' (1985) and 'Neon' (1989) - Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (England)

2011
   John McCracken - Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin

2010
   New Works in Bronze and Steel - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY

2009
   John McCracken - Inverleith House, Edinburgh (Scotland)

2008
   John McCracken - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY

2006
   John McCracken - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY

2005
   John McCracken. Early sculpture. - - Zwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)
   John McCracken - Eighties - Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan

2004
Description and image  John McCracken - SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent

2003
   John McCracken - John McCracken - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY
   John McCracken - New Sculpture - L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

2000
   Stainless steel sculptures - - Zwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)
   John McCracken - Galerie Almine Rech - Paris, Paris

1998
  A arte InvernizziJohn McCracken - A arte Invernizzi, Milan Send message

1997
   John McCracken - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY
  Lisson GalleryJohn McCracken - Lisson Gallery, London (England) Send message

1990
  Lisson GalleryJohn McCracken - Lisson Gallery, London (England) Send message

1987
   Heroic Stance: The Sculpture of John McCracken 1965–1986 - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
   Heroic Stance: The Sculpture of John McCracken, 1965-1986 - Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach

1986
   John McCracken: Heroic Stance, A Survey of Sculpture 1965–1986 - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY

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2013
   Group Show - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY
   The Upper Room: Reading The Surface - David Zwirner, London (England)
   Body Pressure - Skulptur Seit Den 1960er Jahren - Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
   The Permanent Collection - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
   A Stone Left Unturned - Yvon Lambert - Paris, Paris
   From triple X to birdsong (In Search Of The Schizophrenic Quotient) - William Griffin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012
Description and image A arte InvernizziGenesi del fare / Genesis of Doing - A arte Invernizzi, Milan Send message
   Art, science & fiction - MAC's Grand Hornu - Musée des Arts Contemporains, Hornu
   Language Games - Centro de Artes Visuales Helga de Alvear, Cáceres
   John McCracken / Daniel Turner - Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NY
   Group Shoe - Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York City, NY
   Minimalism - Not Stricly Formal - Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   Poule! - Fundación Jumex, Mexico City
   Polarized Space - Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NY

2011
   It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973 (Part 2) - Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Description  Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971 - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Description  Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla, CA
   La's Risen - Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
   At Art 42 Basel - L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
   Venice in Venice - Nyehaus, New York City, NY
   Group Show - L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
   Square Dancing - Nyehaus, New York City, NY
Description  Take me to your leader - Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen
   What's New, Pussycat? - Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2010
Description  Take Me To Your Leader! The Great Escape Into Space - The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Oslo
   Ordinary Madness - Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA
   Endless Bummer / Surf Elsewhere - Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Description  Double Rotation - Werke aus der Sammlung Lafrenz - Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
   He'e nalu - Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris
   Aber Schwarz ist doch gar keine Farbe! - Konrad Fischer Galerie - Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
   \ (LEAN) - Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NY
   Think Pink - Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
   Wall & Floor - Galerie Almine Rech - Paris, Paris
   Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960-1970 - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY

2009
   Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, selected by Primary Information - White Columns, New York City, NY
Description and image  MOCA´s First Thirty Years - MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Description  1969 - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
   Le Mythe du Monochrome - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
   California Calling: Works from Santa Barbara Collections, 1948 - 2008 (Part II) - Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
   Die Kunst ist super! - Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
   The Secret Life of Objects - Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN
   California Calling: Works from Santa Barbara Collections, 1948 - 2008 (Part I) - Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
   6 works, 6 rooms - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY
Description  arte povera bis minimal - Einblicke in die Sammlung Lafrenz - Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden
   Anish Kapoor, John McCracken, David Rabinowitch, and Rachel Whiteread - Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York City, NY
   La nada y el ser - Fundación Jumex, Mexico City
   The Minimalist Site - Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York City, NY
   cycle rolywholyover, septième et dernier épisode - JEFFMUTE - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
   1968-69: 40 Years Later - Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NY
Description  Hot Spots - Rio de Janeiro / Milano - Torino / Los Angeles - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich

2008
Description and image  India Moderna - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
   Small Works: A Selection of Portable Treasures - Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
   Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957-1968 - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
   Pretty Ugly - Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York City, NY
Description and image Daimler ContemporaryPrivate / Corporate V - Daimler Contemporary, Berlin Send message
   Call it what you like - Collection Rik Reinking - Kunst Centret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg
Description Hauser & WirthSelections from the Collection of Helga & Walther Lauffs - Hauser & Wirth, Zurich Send message
   Inaugural Exhibition - Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NY
   Selections from the collection of Helga and Walther Lauffs - - Zwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)
   + de réalité - Galerie de l´ Erban, Nantes
   Spring Art - Artamo gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
   God is design - Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
   The Skat Players - Vilma Gold, London (England)
   Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art - Barbican Art Gallery, London (England)
   Mitim - Maison populaire de Montreuil, Montreuil

2007
   20 ans du Musée d'Art Moderne - L'art après 1960 dans les collections - Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne
   If Everybody had an Ocean: Brian Wilson, une exposition - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
   Deconstructed Geometry - Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York City, NY
Description and image  “Uneasy Angel / Imagine Los Angeles” - - Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Munich (closed)
   Sculpture - James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
   The Eclectic Eye - Pop and Illusion - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
   A Midsummer Night's Dream - Galerie Tanit, Munich
Description and image  Documenta 12 - Documenta, Kassel
   The Montecito Salon Iii - Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery - Montecito, Montecito, CA
   If Everybody had an Ocean: Brian Wilson: An Art Exhibition - Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall (England)
   TOMORROW NOW - when design meets science fiction - MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
   Summer of Love - Art of the Psychedelic Era - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
   e ricomincio da tre - Studio La Città, Verona
   The Shapes of Space - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
   Aspects, Forms and Figures - - Bellwether Gallery, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)
   Carniceria / Stasis - - Meat Market Gallery, Washington, DC (closed)
   Sculpture Exhibition by Amir Mobed - William Griffin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
   Performance Week - - Meat Market Gallery, Washington, DC (closed)

2006
   regard 02 : minimalismes - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
Description and image  Elemental Form - L&M Arts, New York, New York City, NY
Description  La collection - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
   New presentation of works from the Musée's collection - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
   Invisible Might - Nyehaus, New York City, NY
   Donald Judd & John McCracken - Selected Sculpture - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
   Los Angeles 1955-1985 The birth of an art capital - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
   California Modern - Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
   La Dolce Vita - Selections from the Ruth and Murray Gribin Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla, CA
   Southern California Minimalism - - Las Vegas Art Museum - LVAM, Las Vegas, NV (closed, 2009)

2005
   Tracking and Tracing - Contemporary Acquisitions 2000-2005 - San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
   Outdoor Sculpture - - Zwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)
   2D from 3D - Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
   Fast nichts - Minimalistische Werke aus der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection - Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
   Bridge Freezes Before Road - Gladstone Gallery - New York - 24th Street, New York City, NY
   Private View 1980-2000 - Collection Pierre Huber - Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
Description  Summer of Love Art of the Psychedelic Era - Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (England)
   Rolf Ricke zu Gast - The Dazzling Show.  - Galerie Christian Roellin - St. Gallen, St. Gallen
   Wilder a tribute to the Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles 1965-1979 - Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NY
  Hauser & WirthJohn McCracken / Paul McCarthy - Hauser & Wirth, Zurich Send message
Description  EXIT- Ausstieg aus dem Bild - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe

2004
Description and image  Visions of America - Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg
   The LA That Influenced My Eye - Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
   Sculpture - L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
   The Fine Line (Between Something and Nothing) - Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York City, NY
   Pour un Art Concret - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
   Monocromos - de Malevich al presente - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
   Sculptures - Galerie Almine Rech - Paris, Paris
   Tre - Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan
   A Minimal Future? Art As Object 1958-1968 - MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Description and image  Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated) - Art from 1951 to the Present - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY

2003
   L.A.´s Finisch Fetish - Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NY
Description and image Daimler ContemporaryPrivate / Corporate II - ein Dialog der Sammlungen - Daimler Contemporary, Berlin Send message
Description and image  Gelijk het leven is - SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
   Exodus - between promise and fulfilment - Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (England)
   Matando el tiempo y escuchando entre las líneas - Fundación Jumex, Mexico City
   Surf Culture - The Art History of Surfing - Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
   The Exquisite Object I - - Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York City, NY (closed)
   Minimal L.A. - Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NY

2002
   Nouvelle Simplicité - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
   Les années 70 : l’art en cause - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
   From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection - The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Description and image Hauser & WirthTen Years Galerie Hauser & Wirth - Hauser & Wirth, Zurich Send message

2001
   Timewave Zero / The Politics of Ecstasy - Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
   Algo con qué tropezar. Reflexiones sobre la escultura contemporánea - Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
   Geometrie & Gestus - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg
   About Objects - The RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
   mimal - - Zwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)
   Space Odyssey - Art Tower Mito ATM, Mito
Description and image  A Room of Their Own From Arbus to Gober - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
   Painting: Zero Degree - Center for Art and Visual Culture, Baltimore, MD

2000
   Art concret - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
   Elysian Fields. Une proposition du Purple Institute - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
   Now - The 30th Annual Mfa Graduate Exhibition - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CA
   Chromaform: Color in Contemporary Sculpture - Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
   (extra)super[meta] - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

1999
Description and image  Der Künstler als Kurator: Günter Umberg - Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
   U.S. Classics - Galerie Tanit, Munich
Description  SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: THE 1960S - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CA
   Postmark - An Abstract Effect - Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
   Five Years (1993 - 1998) - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY

1998
   Minimal-Maximal - Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
  Lisson GalleryThen and now - Lisson Gallery, London (England) Send message

1996
   Œuvres phares : peintures et sculptures majeures - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC

1994
   Vue du collectionneur - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux

1993
  Lisson GalleryOut of sight out of mind - Lisson Gallery, London (England) Send message

1991
   Carnegie International - Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA

1988
   Collection Sonnabend - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux

1987
   Colección Sonnabend. 25 años de selección y de actividad - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
   Sculpture of the Sixties - Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1986
   Point, ligne, plan - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC

1979
   Manifestations de l'art minimal - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
   Contemporary Sculpture from Collection - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1971
   Sculptors' Drawings - Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   Ways of Looking - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1970
   1970 annual exhibition Comtemporary American Sculpture - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
   Unitary Forms: Minimal Sculpture by Carl Andre, Don Judd, John McCracken, and Tony Smith - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
   American Painting and Sculpture 69th Annual - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1968
   Art Of The Real - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1966
Description  Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculpture - The Jewish Museum of New York, New York City, NY

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France

 Almine Rech Gallery, Paris

Germany

 Galerie Tanit, Munich

Italy

A arte InvernizziA arte Invernizzi, Milan  eMail
 The Box Associati, Turin

Lebanon

 Espace Kettaneh Kunigk, Beirut

Switzerland

 Art & Public, Geneva

United Kingdom

 David Zwirner Gallery, London (England)

USA

 ACE Gallery - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
 Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
 Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NY
 Mark Borghi Fine Art - New York, New York City, NY
www.hauserwirth.comHauser & Wirth New York , New York City, NY eMail
 Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York City, NY
 David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY

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Belgium

 SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent

Canada

 Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC

France

 Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux

Germany

 Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
 Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm

Israel

 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Portugal

 Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon

USA

 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
 Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
 MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
 Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
 Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CA
 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
 Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

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