Spain shows the first major retrospective of the American artist Carl Andre. A look at his way of understanding sculpture, spaces and public perception. In the Palace of Velazquez Retiro until 12 October.
|The words of the curator of "Carl Andre: Sculpture in town, 1958-2010", Yasmil Raymond, are a good way to approach the world of this artist and poet born in Massachusetts in 1935 and named representative of Minimal Art, also linked with Land Art and Conceptual Art. "The big question for Andre is man's relationship with space and materials out of the earth, looking for the definition of a place in the cosmos," Raymond said. "The materials and their use also involve a relationship with the economy and political because the places are not only geographical or geometrical condition. It also imports the link with memory, and emotions of existence, ", she added.|
Carl André redefined the parameters of sculpture and subjected it to a process that includes the "Sculpture as form, as structure and as place". To do this, André altered the concept of composition, the usual materials, opened the "site-specific" way, seeking the essence of the object, looking to get the maximum expression with minimum resources, coming to stop using the material to sculpting with the space itself, creating places in the viewer's mind to put you in touch with the materials and their disposal.
Industrial materials such as concrete, cement, bricks, steel, raw wood, aluminum and graphite are covered with André, of noble air and convey emotions and moods. The sculptor even dispenses with pedestals and placed the sculptures on the ground, , closer to the earth ... as a more human version until them seem barricades, walls, megalithic monuments, tombs...
The exhibition traces 50 years of the work of Carl Andre and has about 400 pieces, including sculptures, objects, visual poems and works on paper in which emphasizes his obsession with language - only during the 60s of last century, André created over 1000 pages of poems, collages Support, etc ... -.
As has explained the curator Yasmil Raymond, the artist always involve the public in its work: "Carl Andre uses the visitor experience as an element of the art work. The viewer must be brave to complete the organization of the work. The piece that it is in a store, does not exist ".
|The exhibition in Madrid that will be since October 12 in two locations: the Sabatini Building of the Reina Sofia Museum until 28 September and Velázquez Palace in Retiro Park, is organized by the Dia Art Foundation New York in collaboration with the Reina Sofia Museum, and curated by Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond with the participation of the artist. After Madrid, the exhibition will travel to the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Contemporary Musée d'Art de la Ville de Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.|