Carl Andre, ‘cockcockcockcockcockcockcock’, 1963, ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN
Carl Andre, ‘cockcockcockcockcockcockcock’, 1963, ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN

The series 'one hundred sonnets' by Carl Andre consists of the repetition of a single, resonant word over fourteen lines on each sheet. In the same way as Andre's sculptures are made of bricks or blocks, or sheets of metal, Andre's concrete poems deconstruct to the word itself, placed (as in all of Andres poetry) according to arbitrary rules, in this case by the definition of a sonnet having fourteen lines.

Signature: Signed and dated carl andre 1963, annotated x, HSON C 274 and numbered 45 on the reverse

About Carl Andre

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.

American, b. 1935, Quincy, Massachusetts, based in New York, New York