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Artist a Day: Carl Andre 

Carl Andre  (b.1935) 

Carl Andre is an American artist who uses Minimalism to create his art. He is best known for being organized and having a linear, grid-like system in arranging his sculptures.

Belgica Blue Poles, 1988 

Carl`s Works

Belgian Blue Limestone, 8 parts, 15 x 15 x 45 cm.

Grimy Al Trine, 2015 

Carl`s Works

Aluminium sheet,  41.9 x 41.9 x 0.1 cm.

Born: September 16, 1935 (age 86 years), Quincy, MA Education: Phillips Academy Movement: Minimalism

1W10L Tentin, 1995 

Carl`s Works

Pure tin, 1 x 15 x 300 cm.

Untitled drawing for Lynn Charles Foster, 1984 

Carl`s Works

Felt tip pen, marker and stamp on Postmarked (franked) card, 6.6 x 15.7 cm.

What was Carl Andre recognized for? Carl Andre is an influential American sculptor who pushed the boundaries of painting with his innovative use of different materials, including metal plates & bricks. He was one of the founders of Minimalism.

Edgend, 1974 

Carl`s Works

Metal edged with brass foliation , 0.3 x 2.2 x 74.6 cm.

“The wood was better before I cut it, than after. I did not improve it in any way.” -Carl Andre

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16 Ace Zinc Square, 2007 

Carl`s Works

Sculpture, zinc ,  installed 64 x 64 x 1/4 in.

Carl Andre has been included in 3 significant collections between the Solomon R. Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and London's Tate Gallery. He lives and works out of NY City.


Carl`s Works

Colour Xerox , 27.9 x 21.6 cm.

Wood Saw - Cut Exercise,  1958 

Carl`s Works

Wood , 61 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm.

What inspired Carl Andre? Influences. Carl Andre was influenced by hard-line minimalists such as Constantin Brancusi and Frank Stella.

Brancusi used simple shapes to refine his sculpture, leading to similar decisions in Andre's late 50s pieces that had carved away matter so that eventually, the work became a block or cube of material.

Nixes Mate, 1992 

Carl`s Works

Sculpture, Western Red Cedar; 8 timbers ,  90 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm.

Untitled (Equivalents), 1968 

Carl`s Works

Prints and multiples, Mounted offset lithograph, 21.75"H 15.5"W

"My art springs from my desire to have things in the world which would otherwise never be there." -Carl Andre