John McCracken will be celebrating his fifth show at David Zwirner in New York this fall. Since the mid-1960s, Southern California artist John McCracken—a contemporary of Donald Judd—has been a leading voice of Minimalist sculpture. His monochromatic fiberglass and resin sculptures (that are worked to a high and nearly translucent polish) are iconic pieces of this genre. The show will run from September 10 to October 23, 2010.
2010 is shaping up to be a year of many show for McCracken. His works will be shown this fall in Europe as well, starting with a group show titled Take Me To Your Leader: The Great Escape into Space, from October 16, 2010 to January 30, 2011. The show, an international group exhibition featuring artists who have drawn inspiration from works of science fiction, will be held at the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, in Oslo, Norway. The Castello di Rivoli, in Turin, Italy, will be hosting a solo exhibition of McCracken’s work, scheduled to open on November 3, 2010.
In 2008, Radius Books published John McCracken’s Sketchbook, on the occasion of his exhibition at David Zwirner. Sketchbook presents volume one of two treasured sketchbooks that McCracken kept for a few brief years in the mid- to late-60s. The format, paper and reproduction quality of the book have been designed to faithfully reproduce in facsimile the original pages from this fascinating document; a supplemental booklet of color photographs shows the sketches in their realized form and features an interview with the artist by Neville Wakefield.
Sketchbook is available for purchase through our online store.
John McCracken belongs to a group of pioneering, California-based artists who produced their own breed of Minimalism of the 60s and 70s, that became known as the “Light and Space”movement. McCracken’s sculptures—meticulously crafted and polished by hand—have the appearance of factory-made perfection. His work is currently on view as part of David Zwirner Gallery’s highly-acclaimed exhibition, Primary Atmospheres. On view at ADAA are small-scale pedestal works by the artist.
The ADAA show is taking place this March 3–7 at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City.
In the Fall of 2008, Radius Books in association with Zwirner Gallery published a beautiful facsimile edition of McCracken’s talisman-like sketchbook from the mid-60s, available in the online store.
BookExpo America is North America’s largest industry trade fair for books and publishing, drawing huge crowds and authors, publishers and booksellers from around the world. This year it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. D.A.P., the distributor for Radius Books to the trade, always has a fantastic booth and an even more fantastic staff. Occurring in the late Spring, BEA is the place where forthcoming Fall titles are announced and previews of the Fall list of books are available. Below are some photographs from the event, which took place the weekend of May 29-June 1.
The D.A.P. booth and the wall of new titles.
Julie Blackmon’s new book, Domestic Vacations, on display.
Looking from the D.A.P. booth out into the fair.
D.A.P. rep Jane Brown talking with Arcana bookstore owner Lee Kaplan.
Preparing the book mock-ups in Santa Fe for BEA.
The four finished book mock-ups at the fair. (Left to right) Michael Lundgren Transfigurations, Lee Friedlander: New Mexico, John McCracken: Sketchbook and Brian Rutenberg