Carl Andre, Sculpture as Place
With his use of industrial materials, a constant in his work ever since the early days, Carl Andre famously redefined the parameters of sculpture. Fewer people know that he did the same with poetry by his irreverent use of language. The recent show that opened last year at Dia: Beacon, New York, Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 19582010, was the first retrospective to cover the whole fifty years of is career. Comprising 45 sculptures and over 160 poems and works on paper, it used a loose chronological framework and was divided into three sections: sculpture, poetry, and unclassifiable works—a mix of enigmatic assemblages, postcards, and found objects called Dada Forgeries. Currently touring at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid,(1) this show also sheds light on the concerns that Andre shares with other artists in the Dia Art Foundation collection, such as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson and Richard Serra.