Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
April 27–June 16, 2012
Berlin

Sprüth Magers Berlin is delighted to present an exhibition of early performance films by Anthony McCall, to coincide with the artist’s major exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (20 April – 12 August 2012). The gallery will showcase three early works: Landscape for Fire (1972), Landscape for White Squares (1972) and Earth Work (1972).

Internationally recognized for groundbreaking work which occupies a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, British-born McCall trained at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design in the mid 1960s. Shortly afterwards, in the early 1970s, he began working with performance and film, initially through a series of open-air performances which were significant for their minimal use of elements such as fire. McCall first took up filmmaking in order to record such performance works, which, in turn, led to an increasing interest in the medium of film itself, and the idea of making films that existed only in the present tense at the very moment of projection.

The three films featured in the exhibition, Landscape for Fire, Landscape for White Squares and Earth Work, originally shot in 16mm, document a series of live, outdoor, sculptural performances. All three performances were made in collaboration with Exit, a British group of musicians and artists. The earliest film, Landscape for Fire, records a performance in which a group of participants ignited containers of petrol laid out in a grid pattern across the field. Their actions were meticulously organized according to ‘scores’, drawn up by the artist beforehand, also on display here in the exhibition. Landscape for White Squares features individuals emerging out of a dense fog, carrying large, square, white sheets. Earth Work, a solo performance by McCall, is set in the grounds of Dial House, a farmhouse in North Weald, near London, where the founding members of Exit lived communally. The outdoor performance culminates in the burying of a box of earth.

The show will also feature Five Minute Drawing, a drawing resulting from a performance first realised in 1974 and performed by the artist in the gallery in 2011. The drawing takes place in actual time as the viewer observes the act of creation. Using a string previously blackened with graphite, the spectator watches the artist trace an arc onto sheets of white paper mounted in ascending order on the wall. A film of the drawing performed in New York in 2008 will be on view.

The exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin will run concurrently with Anthony McCall’s solo show, Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. For the artist‘s first major museum show in Germany, his horizontal solid light works will be exhibited together for the first time with his more recent vertical works. Sprüth Magers Berlin will show the working drawings for Leaving, Meeting you halfway and Breath, on display at the Hamburger Bahnhof.

 

Installation Views
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

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Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Early Performance Films
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, April 27–June 16, 2012

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Exhibited Works
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire, 1972

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire, 1972
16mm transferred to DVD 2006, sound
07:00 min

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Earth Work, 1972

Anthony McCall
Earth Work, 1972
16mm film transferred to DVD, sound
1:50 min

Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Landscape for White Squares, 1972
More Views

Anthony McCall
Landscape for White Squares, 1972
16mm film transferred to DVD, sound
1:50 min

More Views
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
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Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Blue and red ink, pencil and offset lithographed photograph on graph paper
44.5 × 56.5 cm
17 1/2 × 22 1/4 Inches

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Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
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Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Pencil and blue and red ink on graph paper
44.5 × 56.5 cm
17 1/2 × 22 1/4 inches

More Views
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
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Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Working Drawings
Graphite on paper
24 pieces
each 28 × 35.6 cm
each 11 × 14 inches

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Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
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Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Footprint Drawings
Set of 7
Charcoal on paper
each 35.6 × 28 cm
each 14 × 11 inches

More Views
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
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Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Footprint Drawings
Set of 7
Charcoal on paper
each 35.6 × 28 cm
each 14 × 11 inches

More Views
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing
More Views

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing
Performance filmed by Jeff Preiss at Orchard, New York, April 27, 2008.
Original Performance at Art Meeting Place, London, June 18, 1974.
Duration of DVD 6 minutes, 47 seconds; duration of performance 5 minutes.

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Details
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire, 1972
16mm transferred to DVD 2006, sound
07:00 min

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire, 1972
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Earth Work, 1972
16mm film transferred to DVD, sound
1:50 min

Anthony McCall
Earth Work, 1972
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Landscape for White Squares, 1972
16mm film transferred to DVD, sound
1:50 min

Anthony McCall
Landscape for White Squares, 1972
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Landscape for White Squares, 1972 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Landscape for White Squares, 1972
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Landscape for White Squares, 1972 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Landscape for White Squares, 1972
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Blue and red ink, pencil and offset lithographed photograph on graph paper
44.5 × 56.5 cm
17 1/2 × 22 1/4 Inches

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Pencil and blue and red ink on graph paper
44.5 × 56.5 cm
17 1/2 × 22 1/4 inches

Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1974 (detail)

Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1974
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Working Drawings
Graphite on paper
24 pieces
each 28 × 35.6 cm
each 11 × 14 inches

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Leaving (with Two-Minutes Silence), 2006/8
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Footprint Drawings
Set of 7
Charcoal on paper
each 35.6 × 28 cm
each 14 × 11 inches

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Meeting You Halfway, 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Footprint Drawings
Set of 7
Charcoal on paper
each 35.6 × 28 cm
each 14 × 11 inches

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Breath (III), 2010/11
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing
Performance filmed by Jeff Preiss at Orchard, New York, April 27, 2008.
Original Performance at Art Meeting Place, London, June 18, 1974.
Duration of DVD 6 minutes, 47 seconds; duration of performance 5 minutes.

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin
Anthony McCall – Early Performance Films – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing (detail)

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing
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