British-born Anthony McCall is internationally 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 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 slowly unfold, expand, and contract.
The historical importance of McCall’s works has been internationally recognised in such exhibitions as ‘Into the Light: the Projected Image in American Art 1964-77’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2001-2); ‘The Expanded Screen: Actions and Installations of the Sixties and Seventies’ at the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (2003-4); ‘The Expanded Eye’ at Kunsthaus Zurich (2006); ‘Beyond the Cinema: the Art of Projection’ at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2006-7); ‘The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Projected Image’ at Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC (2008); ‘The Geometry of Motion 1920s/1970s’, MoMA, New York (2008); ‘On Line’, MoMA, New York (2010-11); ‘About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change’ SFMoMA (2016); and ‘Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2016). McCall’s work has also been exhibited at, amongst others, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2004; Tate Britain, London, 2004; Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2006); Musee de Rochechouart, France (2007); SFMoMA (2007); Serpentine Gallery, London (2007-8); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2009); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2009); Serralves, Porto (2011); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2012); Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2013); Kunstmuseum St Gallen – Lokremise (2013); MONA (2015); and Fundacio Gaspar, Barcelona (2016). A major new commission, Crossing, was inaugurated in December 2016 to mark the 10th anniversary of GOMA at Queensland Art Gallery.
In 2010 McCall’s work was exhibited in New Zealand for the first time by Victoria University of Wellington’s Adam Art Gallery, a retrospective titled ‘Anthony McCall: Drawing with Light’. 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.
McCall has lived and worked in Manhattan since 1973.