Carl Andre Exhibition

Paula Cooper Gallery "521 W 21 St."

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Paula Cooper Gallery presents an exhibition of new sculpture by Carl Andre including works made of Belgian Blue limestone and Eastern pine timbers.

Andre’s modular units of prefabricated materials installed in geometric configurations on the floor continue to explore the various relationships between media, space and form. Since the 1960s, Andre has created sculpture that tends to depart from the traditional principles of verticality and monumentality and that also eschews metaphor and symbolism. Through his focus on placement, environment and relativity, Andre’s works call attention to the inherent qualities of the material and the spatial specificity of the sculptural object.

Andre started his career as a sculptor working with wood. In 1958-1959, he was carving wood timbers using a chisel or saw to create abstract pieces with geometric, often symmetrical patterns. These early works recalled both the grace and balance of Brancusi’s sculptures and the rigorous logic of the paintings of Frank Stella, whose studio Andre was sharing at the time. In 1960, Andre started his Elements series, using identical timbers of equal size in various configurations. This series marks the moment when Andre definitively abandoned the alteration of materials. He progressively moved on to materials such as granite, limestone, steel, lead and copper.

Andre’s first one-person show was held in 1965 at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.



from September 26, 2009 to October 24, 2009


Carl Andre

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