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.
Curator insights - Contemporary galleries Steel-copper plain
steel and copper
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 fibre-tipped pen ".../ 1969/ @ [artist's monagram]".
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Not on display
© Carl Andre. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 5 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 6 publications
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.
Unknown, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.
Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 45 (colour illus.), 82.
Unknown and Unknown, Carl Andre, The Hague, 1987, 46. cat.no.64
Unknown, Carl Andre: sculpture 1959-1978, London, 1978, (colour illus.). cat.no.15, as 'Copper Steel Plain'. Illustrations are installation views