First retrospective of Carl André in Madrid

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.

 

In Art Madrid, we love art in all its aspects. Therefore, on the occasion of our 15th anniversary and thanks to Cooltourspain.com , visitors at Art Madrid’20 will have the possibility to enjoy a free guided tour of urban art to discover the street art hidden by Lavapiés, one of the most multicultural and colourful neighbourhoods of Madrid.

With the code ARTMADRID2020

and your ticket to the Art Madrid’20 fair, you can enjoy "Street art Tour Lavapiés" for free, on days 26th, 27th and 28th of February at 11:00 a.m. The capacity is limited, so do not doubt, book your place at Cooltourspain.com Once the confirmation is received, you just have to go with your open eyes to enjoy this magnificent experience.

Street art is the expression of art in public spaces either in the form of murals in restored buildings; graffiti; street painting or curated artistic actions. What are the backstories of each artist? What are the social issues affecting our city? This social, cultural and educational project was born in 2016 to answer these questions and show the message hidden by the works of art of so many national and international artists who have painted the Embajadores neighbourhood. It became the first daily street art tour in Madrid.

Cooltourspain will show you the Spanish capital in an alternative way and its guides will share their knowledge about the best street art in the Lavapiés and Malasaña areas. In the same way, its Foundation collaborates with non-profit projects and local associations so that people at risk of social exclusion can learn the techniques used by Madrid graffiti artists. The tour lasts two hours and begins at the Valle Inclán Theater Entrance.