Carl Andre, ‘First Eleven Cardinals’, 1972, Sperone Westwater

Series: 3/8 x 12 x 12 inches each plate First Cardinal: 3/8 x 12 x 12 inches overall Second Cardinal: 3/8 x 12 x 24 inches overall Third Cardinal: 3/8 x 12 x 36 inches overall Fourth Cardinal: 3/8 x 24 x 24 inches overall Fifth Cardinal: 3/8 x 12 x 60 inches overall Sixth Cardinal: 3/8 x 24 x 36 inches overall Seventh Cardinal: 3/8 x 12 x 84 inches overall Eighth Cardinal: 3/8 x 24 x 48 inches overall Ninth Cardinal: 3/8 x 36 x 36 inches overall Tenth Cardinal: 3/8 x 24 x 60 inches overall Eleventh Cardinal: 3/8 x 12 x 132 inches overall

Image rights: Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York

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