John McCracken - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, November 13, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    David Zwirner, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    John McCracken’s greatest concern is with visual experience as a spiritual and cognitive process. Having begun as a painter, he began a more objectbased process, making abstract sculptures that, as in our present lot, take the form of basic complete geometric objects, such as cubes or rectangles. A perfectly finished object, Bit, is a characteristic work of the artists with its monochromatic, extremely polished surface. Striking in its simplicity, Bit, seems to embody an abstract ideal rather than just being an object on the wall.With its harmonious shape and the infinite black of its surface, the present lot is a perfect example of John McCracken’s exploration of the basic correlation between beauty and spirituality.




Polyester resin and fiberglass on wood.

10 x 16 x 3 1/2 in. (25.4 x 40.6 x 8.9 cm).

Signed, titled and dated “McCracken BIT 2002” on the reverse.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $43,750

Contemporary Art Part I

13 Nov 2008, 7pm
New York