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Carl Andre

American, b. 1935

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Carl Andre

American, b. 1935

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Carl Andre is the overall-clad sculptor whom many historians consider a defining figure in the development of Conceptual and Minimalist art. Legend claims that Andre began his current practice after his close friend Frank Stella called the wooden castoffs of a project sculptural objects as well; Andre has also said that Constantin Brancusi was an instrumental influence. 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.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£2m, Christie's, 2019
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 23 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Biography

Carl Andre is the overall-clad sculptor whom many historians consider a defining figure in the development of Conceptual and Minimalist art. Legend claims that Andre began his current practice after his close friend Frank Stella called the wooden castoffs of a project sculptural objects as well; Andre has also said that Constantin Brancusi was an instrumental influence. 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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£2m, Christie's, 2019
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 23 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
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