The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, is to host the exhibition “Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010”, from 4 May until 12 October 2015.
The exhibition is to explore the period 1958-2010 through the work of the American artist Carl Andre, whose work has been associated with Minimalism, Land Art and Conceptual Art. The 200-plus sculptures and works on paper on display reflect how Andre’s work represents the artistic concerns of his time such as appropriation, the use of industrial materials, geometric forms, and site-specific works. Many of the pieces explore his concept of “sculpture as form, sculpture as structure, sculpture as place”, in addition to looking at the role of language in his textual collages, concrete poetry series, and works on paper.
Organized along a loose chronology to construct different modes of looking, the exhibition unfolds over three sections. The first, consisting of sculptures, is mostly on display at the Palacio de Velázquez, while the others can be seen at the Sabatini Building. The second section brings together his unclassifiable productions, ranging from his ephemera to the enigmatic assemblages known as Dada Forgeries, which establish an irreverent dialogue with Marcel Duchamp, while the third and final section is devoted to visual poetry.
“The simplicity of Carl Andre’s work conveys a striking complexity; it naturally reveals the multiple ‘conditions’ that determine not only the artwork as such, but also the material itself in relation to historical and economic conditions." said Yasmil Raymond, Curator of the Dia Art Foundation. "Andre’s long-lasting impact on contemporary art is often reduced to the realm of sculpture, when in fact his process and methodology are palpable across various disciplines and generations of artists. Working with Carl over the past three years, we’ve had the privilege of experiencing his unique precision, his intense understanding of his vocation, and his courageous attempt to rewrite the status of a work of art”.
Dia Art Foundation in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond
Dia:Beacon, New York (May 5, 2014 – March 2, 2015); Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart Berlin (May 7 – September 25, 2016); Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (October 20, 2016 – February 12, 2017); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (May 7 – September 18, 2017).
The international tour of this exhibition is made possible by lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.