Carl Andre: Mass & Matter
1 February – 6 May 2013
Free to all
The heavy metal sculptor who took the materials of the industrial age and exhibited them on the gallery floor returns to the UK after ten years.
Carl Andre was one of a group of American artists who transformed the way we look at man made materials. Together with Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Richard Serra and Robert Morris, Andre revealed the ergonomic beauty in a railway sleeper or a slab of burnished metal.
For an artist who makes such refined sculptures, it is surprising he is still considered controversial, yet in this country he is known for ‘the bricks’ bought by the Tate in the 1970s. Hopefully this exhibition, featuring sculptures made between 1963 and 1986, will put this notoriety to rest and reveal why matter matters and why Andre is undoubtedly the world’s most compelling minimalist.
Early matter pieces from the 1960s, a key moment in Andre’s career. In particular 4 x 25 Altstadt Rectangle (1967) a metal checkerboard sculpture in muted greys, browns and silvers that exposes the beauty of rusty metal.
The exhibition also includes a number of Andre’s brick sculptures, in particular 60 x 1 Range Work (1983), a single line of equilateral bricks placed together to form a triangular prism, revealing the simplicity of space.