Buffalo

Anthony McCall, Throes II, 2011, video (silent, 15 minutes), haze machine. Installation view.

Anthony McCall, Throes II, 2011, video (silent, 15 minutes), haze machine. Installation view.

Anthony McCall

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Many artists have a signature style. Few have one that, like Anthony McCall’s, also rewrites the recent history of several media. Beginning in 1973 with his film Line Describing a Cone, McCall has made “solid light” works that scramble film, sculpture, drawing, and installation. “Dark Rooms, Solid Light,” his first solo presentation in a North American museum, deftly contextualized McCall’s emblematic works while highlighting their range and potency. Curators Cathleen Chaffee and Aaron Ott took full advantage of the stately galleries in the museum’s 1905 building. The exhibition began with the projection of Throes II, 2011, onto a freestanding fabric screen. The imagery was of a bright white ellipse and waveform—two shapes McCall has worked with repeatedly—whose interactions suggested complex geometries. Only by walking around the screen, further into the darkened gallery, could one discover

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