About the artist

    Lives and works in New York
    Quincy public schools
    1935: Born in Quincy
    1951-1953: Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

    Carl Andre is an American minimalist artist recognized for his ordered linear format and grid format sculptures.

    His sculptures range from large public artworks and to more intimate tile patterns arranged on the floor of an exhibition space. In 1988, Andre was tried and acquitted in the death of his wife, artist Ana Mendieta.

    He was a leading member of the Minimalist movement, which coalesced during the early to mid-1960s. In addition to making sculpture, he also began to write poems in the tradition of Concrete Poetry, displaying the words on the page as if they were drawings.

    From 1960 to 1964, he was a freight brakeman and conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad in New Jersey. Andre’s first solo show was held in 1965 at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York. In the 1970s, the artist prepared numerous large-scale installations, such as Blocks and Stones in 1973 for the Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Oregon, and outdoor works, such as Stone Field Sculpture in 1977 in Hartford. He continues to emphasize material and spatial specificity.

    Notable among the many retrospectives of his work are those held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1970; the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, in 1978; the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, in 1987; the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England, in 1996; the Musée Cantini, Marseilles, in 1997; the Open Air Museum Middelheim in Antwerp, in 2001; and Kunsthalle Basel, in 2005.

    Andre lives and works in New York.

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