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Carl Andre
Ace Gallery- Beverly Hills
9430 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
October 20, 2007 - February 21, 2008


Minimalist Brain Tease
by Catherine Wagley


Carl Andre’s zinc squares turn Beverly Hills’ Ace Gallery into brain tease. The reflective surfaces of the zinc, paired with the repetition of the 16”x16”x ¼” plates, make it difficult to read the exhibition’s progression. You might have to take a few frustrating turns around Ace’s multiple galleries before you figure out that the first square of zinc is arranged two plates by two plates and that the last is arranged ten by ten.  But the show, while a mind bender, is paradoxically serene.Andre, the living minimalist legend who has been an international force since the late 60s, conceived of zinc with Ace’s spacious galleries in mind. The deceivingly simple sculptures remain within Andre’s reductive, minimalist oeuvre. As long as you don’t over-think the arrangement of the metal plates, the gallery space feels tranquil and the reflections of the zinc onto the white walls recall the way early morning sunlight plays off of glass.


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simultaneously needs to be experienced and conquered—you want to linger in the serene space but you also want to decipher the exact relationships between the sculptures. Because of this push and pull between the aura and the tease, the exhibition draws viewers into an active interaction with the work. 

-Catherine Wagley




(*Images, from top to bottom:  Carl Andre, Carl Andre: zinc, October 20, 2007 - February 16, 2008; Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills; 36 Ace Zinc Square, 2007, 16 x 16 x 1/4 in. zinc plates, 96 x 96 x 1/4 in. Courtesy of Ace Gallery Beverly Hills.  Carl Andre, Carl Andre: Zinc, October 20, 2007 - February 16, 2008; Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills; 10 Ace Zinc Corner, 2007, 16 x 16 x 1/4 in. zinc plates, 64 x 64 x 1/4 in. Courtesy of Ace Gallery Beverly Hills.  Carl Andre, Carl Andre: Zinc, October 20, 2007 - February 16, 2008; Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills; 81 Ace Zinc Square, 2007, 16 x 16 x 1/4 in. zinc plates, 144 x 144 x 1/4 in. Courtesy of Ace Gallery Beverly Hills.)



Posted by Catherine Wagley on 11/9/07

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