Born in 1946, in St. Paul’s Cray, England, Anthony McCall was among the first artists to combine different disciplines such as film, sculpture and drawing. He began by carrying out performances in open spaces using only basic elements (fire, for example), but in the seventies he became one of the key figures in the avant-garde movement led by the London Film-Makers' Co-op. When he moved to New York in 1973 he began to make what he called his “solid light films”, cutting-edge works that explored the nature of light and the properties of film. These now-classic film installations are still projected in galleries and museums in Europe and the United States.
McCall’s work can be found in the Tate Gallery in London, the New York MoMA, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
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I’d really like to think that the artist could be just another kind of material in the picture, working in collaboration with all the other materials.
Robert Rauschenberg