John McCracken - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 14, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Griffin, Santa Monica

  • Exhibited

    Santa Monica, Griffin, Sculpture, January 1 – March 24, 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    "What I try to do is to make forms that are singular and indivisible, yet which at the same time may be seen as composed of varying elements. They consist of particular forms, colors, surfaces, but then added to these are surrounding conditions—light, color, reflected images—which also become the ‘materials’ of the works. What they are actually made of is a wide variable spectrum of materials and phenomena. My work is obviously related to monuments of the past such as Stonehenge, and Egyptian architecture and sculpture, but it has nothing directly to do with them. It’s more a matter of finding and inventing the forms that seem expressive of a high level of consciousness and concern. My sculptures are, for one thing, images of man. It is relevant that all of man’s constructions—tools, buildings, clothes, etc.—are as much images of himself as the physical body is, or as portraits are," (John McCracken taken from L. Bovier and M. Perret, eds., Timewave Zero/A Psychedelic Reader, Graz, 2001, p. 31).


Untitled (Blue Wedge)

Fiberglass and natural cellulose lacquer on plywood.
96 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 48 in. (245.7 x 62.2 x 121.9 cm).
Signed and dated “McCracken 1968” on the interior.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $206,500

Contemporary Art Part I

14 May 2009, 7pm
New York