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An image of Steel-copper plain by Carl Andre
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Carl Andre

(United States of America 16 Sep 1935 – )

Title
Steel-copper plain
Year
1969
Media categories
Sculpture, Installation
Materials used
steel and copper
Dimensions

36 units: 1.0 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm each; 1.0 x 183.5 x 183.5 cm overall installed

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. Certificate of authenticity, black ink ".../ 1969/ @ [artist's monagram]".
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2011.56
Copyright
© Carl Andre. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

Carl Andre nearly always works in a grid, with the dimensions of his finished works determined by multiples of a basic module – such as a brick, metal plate or house beam. The shape of each work depends entirely on the number and configuration of modules. The works are often laid out on the floor like carpet and can in fact be walked on. Although not site-specific, the works emphasise and respond to the planes of the space they occupy. While the minimalist use of industrial materials on a grand scale is often regarded as overtly masculine and assertive, Andre’s work, in contrast, is modest and quietly poetic.

Bibliography (6)

Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 45 (colour illus.), 82.

Anthony Bond, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The minimal edge, Frank Stella, Carl Andre, Donald Judd', pg.78-99, Sydney, 2011, 89 (colour illus.), 90-91 (colour illus.). illustration on page 89 is a detail

Charlotte Day, Reinventing the wheel: the readymade century, 'Introduction', pg.85-88, Melbourne, 2013, 40 (colour illus.), 86.

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.

Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag and Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Carl Andre, The Hague, 1987, 46. cat.no.64

Whitechapel Art Gallery, Carl Andre: sculpture 1959-1978, London, 1978, (colour illus.). cat.no.15, as 'Copper Steel Plain'. Illustrations are installation views

Exhibition history (5)

Carl Andre: sculpture 1959-1978, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 17 Mar 1978–23 Apr 1978

Carl Andre, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, The Hague, 11 Jan 1987–01 Mar 1987

From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996

Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003

Reinventing the wheel: the readymade century, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield East, 03 Oct 2013–14 Dec 2013