Properties of Matter : The Sculpture Work of Carl Andre

Installation view, Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958 – 2010, Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon, New York. May 5, 2014 – March 2, 2015. Art © Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo: Ethan Harrison. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Installation view, Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958 – 2010, Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon, New York. May 5, 2014 – March 2, 2015. Art © Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo: Ethan Harrison. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Carl Andre was a prominent sculptor and artist during the 1960s and 1970s. His work is seen as some of the most innovative pieces of his generation. Alongside artist like Donal Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Eva Hesse, he played a definign role in the nature of modern day minimalist art.

“Slope 2004″ by Carl Andre (1968). Material: Steel. Size: overall 0.5 x 204 x 38 inches. Collection: Walker Art Center.

“Slope 2004″ by Carl Andre (1968). Material: Steel. Size: overall 0.5 x 204 x 38 inches. Collection: Walker Art Center.

 

Known for his contributions of distancing sculpture from processes like carving or modeling-- Andre instead made worked that simply involved sorting and placing. 

Carl Andre, Untitled, 1960, typewriting on paper, 11 x 8 ½ inches

Carl Andre, Untitled, 1960, typewriting on paper, 11 x 8 ½ inches

In 1966, Andre began to describe his work as “sculpture as place,” a phrase which alludes both to the fact that his sculptures are produced simply by positioning units on the floor, and to their “place generating” properties. Andre defined “place” as “an area within an environment which has been altered in such a way as to make the general environment more conspicuous
— The Art Story

 

During his time as an artist, his work redefined the term sculpture and provided the on watcher a pure visual experience.