Carl Andre

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War & Rumors of War, 2002 90 Australian Hardwood Timbers Each: 35 1/2 X 11 1/2 X 11 1/2 In
Al Pararange, 2002 38 Aluminum Ingots © Courtesy of Ace Gallery, Los Angeles
64 Square Aluminum, 1969 Aluminum 3/8 X 64 X 64" © Courtesy of private collection (New York)
Sphinges, 1985 Wood (White Pine) 36 X 132 X 132" © Courtesy of private collection (New York)
7 Hollow Square, 2008
4 x 4 Cedar Solid, 2008
51 Copper-Carbon Vein , 2006 17 Copper And 34 Carbon Cubes © Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
Courtesy Of The Artist & Paula Cooper Gallery
© Courtesy of the Artist and Sadie Coles - New Space
© Courtesy of the artist & Konrad Fischer Galerie
Rise, 2011 Hot Rolled Steel Plates 6' (H) X 6' (W) X 49' (L) Overall © Ace Gallery
Satier: Lead on Copper , 1989 © Courtesy of the Artist and Meessen De Clercq
Third Piece of Nine, 1983 © Courtesy of the Artist and Michael Kohn Gallery
Redoubt, 1977 100 Western Red Cedar; Timbers Each: 36 X 12 X 12 In. (91.4 X 30.5 X 30.5 Cm); Overall: 36 X 336 X 300 In. (91.4 X 853.4 X 762 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Paula Cooper Gallery
Redoubt, 1977 100 Western Red Cedar; Timbers Each: 36 X 12 X 12 In. (91.4 X 30.5 X 30.5 Cm); Overall: 36 X 336 X 300 In. (91.4 X 853.4 X 762 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Paula Cooper Gallery
Weathering Piece, 1970 © Courtesy of stichting kröller-müller museum
© Courtesy of the artist & MARC STRAUS
Lead-Aluminum Plain, 1969 Lead And Aluminum 3/16 X 72 X 72 In. (0.5 X 183 X 183 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Seattle Art Museum
'Walnut Works ' Installation view, 2013 © Courtesy of the Artist and Sadie Coles HQ - South Audley St
Equivalent VIII, 1966 Firebricks Object: 127 X 686 X 2292 Mm © Purchased 1972 Carl Andre/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2002
PLAN (Yucatan), 1972 Photocopy On Typewriter Paper 27.9 X 21.5 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Art © Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, New York
5 x 20 Altstadt Rectangle, Konrad Fischer Galerie, 1967 © Courtesy of the artist & The Konrad Fischer Galerie
Installation view © Courtesy of the artist & The Paula Cooper Gallery
5 x 20 Altstadt Rectangle, 1967. Konrad Fischer Galerie © Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York
Uncarved Blocks, Vancouver,, 1975. Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Photo: Helge Mundt, Hamburg © Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Art © Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Uncarved Blocks, 1975 (detail), Exhibition view Carl Andre, Sculpture as Place, 1958– 2010, at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin © ADAGP, Paris, 2016
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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Carl Andre is an American minimalist artist recognized both for his ordered linear format and grid format sculptures and for being tried and acquitted for murdering his wife, artist Ana Mendieta. His sculptures range from large public artworks to more intimate tile patterns arranged on the floor of an exhibition space.

In 1965 he had his first public exhibition of work in the "Shape and Structure" show curated by Henry Geldzahler at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Andre's controversial "Lever" was included in the seminal 1966 show at the Jewish Museum in New York entitled Primary Structures.

In 1970 he had a one man exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and has had one man exhibitions and participated in group shows in major museums, galleries, and kunsthalles throughout America and Europe.

In 1972, Britain's Tate Gallery acquired Andre's Equivalent VIII, comprised of an arrangement of fireplace bricks. The piece was exhibited several times without incident, but became the center of controversy in 1976 after being featured in an article in The Sunday Times and later being defaced with paint. The "Bricks controversy" became one of the most famous public debates in Britain about contemporary art.

In 1979 Andre first met Ana Mendieta through a mutual friendship with artists Leon Golub and Nancy Spero at AIR Gallery in New York City. Andre and Mendieta eventually married in 1985, but the relationship ended in tragedy. Mendieta fell to her death from Andre's 34th story apartment window in 1985 after an argument with Andre. Andre was charged with second degree murder. He elected to be tried before a judge with no jury. In 1988 Andre was acquitted of all charges related to Mendieta's death.

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