John McCracken, a West Coast artist who brought a New Age openness to Minimalist sculpture, along with a vocabulary of bright, sleek slabs, blocks and columns that balanced teasingly between painting and sculpture, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 76. His death was confirmed by the David Zwirner Gallery, which represents his work. John McCracken differed from the Minimalists in his belief in U.F.O.s, extra-terrestrials and time-travel. In interviews that gave his work a distinct frame of reference, he frequently likened his art to something that an alien visitor might leave behind on earth (The New York Times).
At same time a retrospective is devoted to the American artist, developed in close collaboration with the artist, curated by Andrea Bellini, at Castello di Rivoli, Turin.
The exhibition covers the entire span of the artistic production of John McCracken. The exhibition opens with an initial section dedicated to pictorial works, while a second part focuses on two-dimensional works derived from earlier works, namely the artist’s early sculptures and objects, some of which recall archaic or Egyptian architectural elements. These are followed by a series of the celebrated “Planks” and an entire section dedicated to the Mandala series. The exhibition concludes with recent works, including, among others, wall sculptures and some monoliths.
February 11th – June 19th 2011