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.
Based in Manhattan since 1973, McCall received the US Arts and Letters Award in Art in 2015. The historical importance of his works has been internationally recognised over the last twenty years in many significant exhibitions at, among others, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, SFMoMA, and Albright- Knox Art Gallery; Kunsthaus Zurich; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam; Fundacio Gaspar, Barcelona; Serpentine Gallery and Tate, London.
Exhibitions have included ‘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).
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’. Returning in 2015 as Govett-Brewster International Artist in Residence, he also mounted a solo exhibition at Trish Clark Gallery during Hayward Gallery’s ‘Light Show’ touring to Auckland Art Gallery, that included McCall’s work. Invitations were also extended by MONA, Tasmania and QAGOMA, Brisbane, each resulting in commissions: three for Dark MOFO 2015 and a major light and sound installation acquired and installed to celebrate GOMA’s 10th anniversary in 2017.
McCall’s works are in the collections, among many 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.