Carl Andre

- the radical importance of repetition in the artists practice -



He is well known for his abstract works 

made of repetitive blocks, such as bricks and metal plates arranged directly on the floor. Since the early 1960s Andre focused on sculpture and poetry, sometimes called “typewriter drawings”.  

hydrogenheliumlithiumberyliumboroncarbon (1959) by Carl AndreTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

He is widely recognized as one of the leading figures of Minimalism. His work is marked by an interest in the inherent physical structure of the materials, often industrial, and the architecture surrounding the object.

secret his (1960) by Carl AndreTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

The typed works on paper are some of Carl Andre’s earliest works, which began in the late 1950s; in this show there will be a selection of works that go from 1958 to 1963, a time when the artist was living in New York and sharing a studio with Frank Stella. Each poem has been typed on a manual typewriter, and can be read as drawings, or aloud as poems, and include pieces composed by single and multiple pages.

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While Andre is recognized changing our creating a new language of sculpture, we can see many of the same aesthetical and conceptual ideas rooted in these poems: both demonstrate the radical importance of repetition in the artists practice, and the idea that you can take previously existing materials, and cut, and re-arrange them. Andre often spoke of cutting through texts like timber, or striking the typewriter key as a hammer coming down on a paper.

Untitled (1958/1963) by Carl AndreTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

w (1959) by Carl AndreTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Carl Andre was born in 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts and currently lives in New York.

Untitled (1958/1963) by Carl AndreTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Andre’s work has been shown in solo exhibition in prestigious institutions around the world such as, amongst the most recent: the itinerant show “Sculpture as Place”, 1958–2010, MOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles (CA), USA (2017), Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, F (2016); Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, D (2016); 

w i a t t i (1959) by Carl AndreTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, E (2015); Dia: Beacon, Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY (2014); A Friendship: Carl Andreʼs Works on Paper from the LeWitt Collection, The Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton (NY), USA (2014). Carl Andre’s work is hosted in prominent public collections such as the Tate Modern in London, Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the MoMA in New York.

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This virtual exhibition was brought together with Massimo De Carlo Gallery on the occasion of the Exhibition “Carl Andre Works on paper” visitable from the 13.09.2018 to the 22.12.2018.
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