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carl andre



  • ANDRE Carl
    born 1935 Quincy (MA)






    American sculptor



  • 1951-1953: Carl Andre studied at the Phillips Academy, Andover.

  • 1954: Travelled through England and France.

  • 1958/9: Came to know Stella whose comic strips (Black Series), together with Brancusi's works, inspired him to create his first large wood sculptures.

  • 1960-1964: Worked on the Pennsylvania railroad as a brakeman and conductor.

  • 1964: Took part in "8 Young Americans", an exhibition of the works of sculptors using a formalised, minimalist language. Developed grounded sculptures (Element Series) based on identical wooden units arranged in horizontal configurations on the ground.

  • 1965: First solo-exhibition in the Tibor de Nagy gallery, New York.

  • 1967: From this date applied his module technique to metal sculptures: arrangements of iron, aluminium or copper plates laid out flat on the floor to be walked over.

  • 1968: Participated in documenta 4 in Kassel and in the exhibition of Minimal Art at the Geementemuseum in the Hague, where he was presented as a leading exponent of this movement. Gave sculpture a new direction by redefining its spatial location.

  • 1982: Participated in documenta 7 in Kassel.

  • There are examples of his work in New York (M of MA), Guggenheim).

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