Anthony McCall

Footprint Study for ‘Room’

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

My solid-light works are large-scale sculptural installations based on projected light. Each work grows out of the projection of an animated two-dimensional line-drawing which gradually shifts and changes according to a precise temporal structure. I refer to the line-drawing as the ‘footprint’ of a work, and the volumetric object as the ‘body.’ This drawing is one of many pencil studies that accompany the development of any installation. Room is one of a recently completed group of new solid-light works.

About the artist:

Born 1946 St Paul’s Cray, Anthony McCall lives and works in New York. Graduated from Graphic Design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, London.

McCall is known for his ‘solid-light’ installations, a series that he began in 1973 with Line Describing a Cone, in which a volumetric form composed of projected light slowly evolves in three-dimensional space. Occupying a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, his work’s historical importance has been recognized in such exhibitions as Into the Light: The Projected Image in American Art 1964-77 at Whitney Museum of American Art (2001-2), and On Line at Museum of Modern Art (2010-11).

His works are held in public and private collections including Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; SFMoMA, San Francisco; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Selected solo exhibitions include Eyes On: Anthony McCall, Denver Art Museum (2020); Dark Rooms, Solid Light, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2019); Anthony McCall: Split Second, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (2018-19); Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works, Hepworth Wakefield and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018); Anthony McCall: Line Describing a Cone, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); Anthony McCall: Swell, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2016-2017); Solid Light Works, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano (2016); anthony mccall: five minutes of pure sculpture, Hamburger Bahnof, Berlin (2012); Anthony McCall, Breath [the vertical works], Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2009); and Anthony McCall, the Serpentine Galleries, London (2007-8). Selected group exhibitions include Danser Brut, Lille Métropole Museum of Contemporary and Outsider Art, Lille (2018-19); The Site of Film, Kanal Centre Pompidou, Brussels (2018); This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect, Raven Row, London (2017); Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016-2017); About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change, SFMOMA, San Francisco (2016); The Event Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Perry Green (2015); Formes Simple, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz (2014); Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, Tate Liverpool (2012-13); Expanded Cinema: Film as Spectacle, Event and Performance, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund (2004); and The Expanded Screen: Actions and Installations of the Sixties and Seventies, MuMok, Vienna (2003).

Awards include an Arts & Letters Award in Art by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2015); a Fellow of the American Academy, Berlin (2014); and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2008).

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