Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010

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Carl Andre (b. 1935) redefined the parameters of abstract sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a highly influential voice in the American minimalist movement, recognized for his ordered linear and grid formats. In the early 1960s, Andre’s creative focus shifted to writing poetry when he took a job as a freight brakeman and conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad. His poems echoed and extended the themes in his sculptural work, and his experience with the railroad ...

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Overview

Carl Andre (b. 1935) redefined the parameters of abstract sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a highly influential voice in the American minimalist movement, recognized for his ordered linear and grid formats. In the early 1960s, Andre’s creative focus shifted to writing poetry when he took a job as a freight brakeman and conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad. His poems echoed and extended the themes in his sculptural work, and his experience with the railroad significantly influenced his choice of materials in later years.

In this stunning catalogue, which accompanies the first retrospective of Andre’s work since 1970, the artist’s legacy is examined in eleven essays by international scholars. The book presents a broad range of sculpture made over the past fifty years, including Andre’s emblematic floor and corner pieces, highlighting his radical use of standardized units of industrial material such as timber planks, concrete blocks, and metal plates. A vast selection of Andre’s previously unpublished concrete poems, together with letters, postcards, ephemera, and documentation of important installations, further complements our understanding of an essential figure in the history of contemporary art.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
In this exquisite volume, published in collaboration with the Dia Art Foundation, the contribution of minimalist sculptor Andre (b. 1935) to postwar art is considered through handsome reproductions and insightful text. Born and raised in Quincy, Mass., a former freight brakeman and conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Andre used basic industrial materials in their stock formations to introduce an alternative approach to sculpture. As he once remarked, “‘Rather than cut into the material, I now use the material as a cut in space.’” The phenomenal display of work confirms Andre’s radical simplicity: a roll of lead ribbon, stacked timber blocks, mangled steel reinforcing rods. With virtually no style, studio, or assistants, he powerfully questioned the artist’s role and, according to Dia director Vergne, “changed sculpture.” Influenced by Ezra Pound, Andre was also an original poet interested in “the tactile sense of the words themselves.” His work with language receives close examination across several of the book’s 11 essays. Also discussed is the synthesis of space and time in Andre’s sculptures, how he paved the way for conceptual artists such as Douglas Huebler and Victor Burgin, and more. It’s impossible to read this book and not come away with a deeper understanding and admiration for Andre’s work. 48 color and 352 b&w illus. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300191714
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 605,292
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Yasmil Raymond is curator at Dia Art Foundation. Philippe Vergne is director of Dia Art Foundation.

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