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b. 1946

Anthony McCall - Artists - Sean Kelly Gallery

Photo: Darren O’Brien/Guzelia

Anthony McCall is known for his ‘solid-light’ installations, a series that he began in 1973 with his seminal 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 internationally recognized in such exhibitions as Into the Light: the Projected Image in American Art 1964-77 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2001-2); The Expanded Screen: Actions and Installations of the Sixties and Seventies at the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria (2003-4); The Expanded Eye at the Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (2006); Beyond Cinema: the Art of Projection at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2006-7); The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Projected Image at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC (2008); The Geometry of Motion 1920s/1970s at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); and On Line at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010-11).

McCall’s work has also been exhibited at, amongst others, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2004); Tate Britain, London, England (2004); Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2006); Musée de Rochechouart, France (2007); SFMoMA, San Francisco (2007); Serpentine Gallery, London, England (2007-8); Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2009); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2009); Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (2010); Sprueth Magers/Ambika P3, London, England (2011); the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2011); the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2012); the Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013); LOK | Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland (2013); Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2014); LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano, Switzerland (2015); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York (2018); Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, England (2018); and the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2019).

McCall’s work is represented in numerous collections, including, amongst others, Tate, London, England; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; SFMoMA, San Francisco; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; and the Hirshhorn, Washington, DC.

Anthony McCall lives and works in New York.

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Installation video of Anthony McCall: Split Second at Sean Kelly, New York, December 14, 2018 - January 26, 2019, Video: Sean Mattison, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York © Anthony McCall

VernissageTV: Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works / Pioneer Works, New York, March 6, 2018


Freunde der Nationalgalerie: Anthony McCall, Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture. August 17, 2016. 


Arts Hub: Interview with Anthony McCall, December 5, 2016

Blouin ArtInfo: Anthony McCall's Notebooks & Duration Drawings, Jul. 9, 2015


TateShots: Anthony McCall – Line Describing a Cone, Aug. 13, 2008