Published by Pioneer Works Press. Edited by David Grubbs, Anthony McCall. Introduction by Branden W. Joseph. Text by Swagato Chakravorty.
Simultaneous Soloists is an artist’s book emerging from the exhibition Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works and its accompanying performance series Four Simultaneous Soloists, organized by David Grubbs. It documents these ephemeral events through multiple means: an extensive conversation between McCall and Grubbs detailing a decade of working together, interviews with sixteen participating musicians, writings by art historians Branden W. Joseph and Swagato Chakravorty, and visual materials ranging from McCall’s drawings and archival materials to photographs of the exhibition including images sourced from social media. The “simultaneous soloists” of the title variously refers to a grouping of McCall’s sculptural volumes of light, to gatherings of improvising musicians, and to McCall and Grubbs themselves—sympathetic artistic sensibilities proceeding in suggestively parallel practices.
Simultaneous Soloists considers from a plurality of perspectives the challenge of combining McCall’s visual art with sound in live performance. It is unique among books about visual art, sound art, and experimental music in describing a conceptually linked set of performances within an exhibition through so extensive an oral history. Interview subjects include Susan Alcorn, MV Carbon, Maria Chavez, Che Chen, Jules Gimbrone, David Grubbs, Sarah Hennies, Eli Keszler, Okkyung Lee, Miya Masaoka, Christopher McIntyre, Tomeka Reid, Ben Vida, Yoshi Wada, Nate Wooley, and C. Spencer Yeh.
Published by Ediciones Polígrafa. Edited with an interview by Gloria Moure. Text by Robert Hobbs.
British-born, New York–based artist Anthony McCall (born 1946) is known for his “solid-light” installations, which blur the line between sculpture and performance. This monograph offers an overview of his oeuvre.
Published by nai010 publishers. Edited by Marente Bloemheuvel, Jaap Guldemond.
A pioneer of light art and installation, British artist Anthony McCall (born 1946) explores the most basic properties of cinema—light and its projection. His earliest works of the 1970s were shot on film using an animation camera and shown using a 16mm film projector. Since 2004 they have been produced using digital animation, and shown using a digital projector. McCall's often epically scaled light projections are at once three-dimensional sculptures and ephemeral drawings in space; they have inspired an entire generation of artists working in film and installation. In this publication, which celebrates the artist's first exhibition in the Netherlands, McCall explains his cinematic sculptures in an interview, and his work is placed in both a historical and a contemporary context, supplemented by numerous installation shots, drawings and other documentation.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Anne M. Wagner.
Since the early 1970s, Anthony McCall has been working with projected light. His "solid light" installations occupy a space between line-drawing, cinema and sculpture. 1970s Works on Paper surveys his drawings from the 1970s, and showcases key works such as "Landscape for Fire" and "Five-Minute Drawing."