Black White Carbon Tin
© the Artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ
Sadie Coles HQ is delighted to present the gallery's second show with the American artist Carl Andre. The show will feature sonnets from 1963 and new sculptures made from graphite bricks.
Through his sculptures Andre has sought to renegotiate conventions of display, forcing a dialogue between the object and its surroundings. The sculptural form is no longer an end in itself, but rather the residue of an intervention into space. Brancusi's "Endless Column" (1938) has often been cited as a point of reference - a reference sustained by Andre's own comment: "My idea of a piece of sculpture is a road. That is, a road doesn't reveal itself at any particular point or from any particular point".
The graphite bricks used in these new sculptures are used in their elemental, unadulterated form and redefined through their sculptural possibilities. And within his poetry Andre carries out a similar reassessment. Just as the hierarchy between form and space is overthrown in his sculpture and the essential tools are reconsidered, the supremacy of language or linguistic meaning is undermined and the visual form of the poem assumes an equal standing.
Carl Andre lives and works in New York. His work has been included in group shows all over the world and he has had many solo shows, including retrospectives at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1970), Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas (1978), Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1987), Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1996) and Musée Cantini, Marseille (1997).
Exhibition: 4 February - 20 March, 2004
Gallery hours: Tue-Sat 10 am - 6 pm
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