b. London, 1946
British-born Anthony McCall has lived and worked in Manhattan since 1973 and is internationally known for his ‘solid-light’ installations, a series that he began that same year with his seminal ‘Line Describing a Cone,’ in which a volumetric form composed of projected light very gradually evolves in three-dimensional space. Occupying a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, McCall’s constantly mutating sculptural installations give viewers a participatory role: their bodies, moving around and through the forms, intersect with and modify the planes of light as they slowlyunfold, expand, and contract.
McCall’s working drawings exist in voluminous quantity, as he works through the complex spacings and timings of his light sculptures. Very rare are the drawings made subsequent to a work’s completion, with the sinuous lines made in oil stick in one stroke rendering a sense of sculptural space, as one feels when standing in McCall’s vertical work, Throes.
The historical importance of McCall’s work has been recognized in exhibitions at major institutions; The Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC, MoMA New York and Kunsthaus Zurich. A major commission, Crossing was inaugurated in 2016 to mark to 10th anniversary of GOMA at Queensland Art Gallery. His works are in the collections, among others, of Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, New Zealand.