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Anthony McCall: 1970s Works on Paper: Walther Konig/2014/304 Pp./$85.00 (Hb)

Academic journal article Afterimage

Anthony McCall: 1970s Works on Paper: Walther Konig/2014/304 Pp./$85.00 (Hb)

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Anthony McCall graduated art school in 1968 and produced a varied and remarkable body of work for roughly a decade, until 1979. Then he stopped; nearly twenty-five years would go by before he returned to an artmaking practice in 2002. In the intervening years, some of his work fell out of art historical consciousness, while other works, such as his "solid light" films/installations (especially Line Describing a Cone from 1973), became reified as part of the avant-garde canon. McCall's works from that fruitful 1970s decade have been generating new interest since his return, and this new publication helps to fill in gaps and provide an oblique (and, in many cases, the only) way of exploring an artistic output whose works are largely marked by a lack of fixity in time or space--ephemeral works of performance, installation, and cinema that are not object-bound. What we have, then, is a gathering of preparatory materials--sketches, treatments, diagrams, outlines, schema--and photographic and other documentation of primarily time-based works that cannot be represented as themselves. …

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