John McCracken, Untitled, 1967

Images of John McCracken, Untitled

A dark green, long, narrow rectangular board rests vertically against a white wall.
John McCracken, American, 1934–2011
Untitled, 1967
Fiberglass, polyester resin, and wood
96 ¼ × 22 ¼ × 3 3/16 in. (244.5 × 56.5 × 8.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Ileana Sonnabend, 1984.53

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


West Coast artist John McCracken melds painting with the three-dimensional space of sculpture to create his signature-style “planks.” For this work, the artist laboriously painted, sanded, and polished the polyester resin to create a flawless patina that looks machine made. Leaning against the wall, Untitled captures the reflection of its viewers and surroundings and bridges multiple worlds: painting and sculpture, body and mind, light and form.