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Max’s Icon: Carl Andre

Max’s Icon: Carl Andre

Carl Andre is the overall-clad sculptor whom many historians consider a defining figure in the development of Conceptual and Minimalist art. He first won public attention in the 1960s for his groundbreaking multi-part sculptures whose pieces were not fixed but lain directly onto the ground. In fact, Andre considers himself one of the first “post-studio” artists because he uses manufactured industrial materials that he does not alter, but rather arranges on-site; common materials include square plates or blocks made of aluminum, nickel, zinc, copper, steel, lead, limestone, and wood. Many of his arrangements are also based on arithmetic and geometry.

In the period between 1960 and 1964 Carl Andre briefly interrupted his sculptural production. During this interim the artist explored unconventional forms of poetry that decidely influenced the sudden conceptual shift of the mid 1960’s that saw him abandon his Brancusi-esque previous production to work with gridded floor pieces.

Poem by Carl Andre c. 1960