5 Questions: John McCracken


This article is from 2009.

5 Questions: John McCracken

American minimalist sculptor John McCracken’s surfboard-inspired objects, with their bold use of colour and form, have influenced generations. As Inverleith House prepares to unveil his first solo exhibition in Scotland he tackles our Q & A

5 words to describe your show at Inverleith House?
Minimal, maximal, 3D, colour, space.

Which 4 visual artists should be better known than they currently are?
James Hayward, Gregory Botts, Jenny Hankwitz, Gail Barringer.

Which 3 shows in this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival programme particularly excite you?
Eva Hesse, Callum Innes, Jupiter Art Land.

Which 2 artists have been the most influential on your work?
Barnett Newman and whoever made the diorite statue of King Khafre (builder of the second pyramid at Giza).

1 word that sums up how you feel about making art.

Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith House, 248 2983, 6 Aug–11 Oct (not Mon), free.

Edinburgh Art Festival - 'John McCracken'

This article is from 2009.

John McCracken

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This is the first museum exhibition in the UK by John McCracken, one of the great living American artists whose use of colour and form continues to influence artists across generations, in a career spanning 45 years. It features major sculptures dating from 1966 and drawings by the artist – being shown together for the…


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