Carl Andre - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 17, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The artist
    Private Collection
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present two lots, sun act star law set age stone hand cut bell time age now foot din and ddddddddddddddddfffffffffffffffffffffffff represent rare examples of Carl Andre’s typed poetry which date from the early 1950’s to the mid 1970’s. Known for his minimalist sculptures, Andre’s compositional typography builds with words in much the way his sculptures construct space with geometrical elements. Like sheet music, the spacing of the black ink juxtaposed with the stark white paper creates a visually rhythmic composition. Andre’s poems drop hints of literary structure and clues of historical references yet ultimately are abstract in content, eluding more to the calculated structure of an opera or sonnet and the soothing melodic visual nature of their final composition. Hollis Frampton, Andre's childhood friend, is referenced in a number of Andre’s poems, Frampton speaks on Andre’s writing in 1969, commenting “that words have spatial and plastic qualities along with their sonorous and associative properties, this was a discovery that exfoliated systematically in the space of pages divided by the typewriter into a uniform grid.”(Develing, Enno, Carl Andre, exh. cat., The Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1969). Rob Weiner, director of the Chinati Foundation reflects that Andre’s “poems don’t always incorporate complete sentences, phrases, or even associative terms, but use words sequentially.” (Rob Weiner, On Carl Andre's Poems)

    Andre recalls the original oral nature of poetry and the development of language in printed form, allowing verbal language to be transposed by hand, typewriter and ultimately computer. Andre explains, “for me, poetry has largely been a matter of writing and of reading and of printing and not a matter of singing…if poetry can be described as language mapped on an extraneous art and formerly it was language mapped on music, I think now that it is language mapped on some aspect of visual arts.” Words, according to Andre, "have palpable tactile qualities that we feel when we speak them, when we write them, or when we hear them, and that is the real subject of my poetry.”(Carl Andre, "On Literature and Consecutive Matters", unpublished manuscript of conversation with Hollis Frampton, December 8, 1962)



sun act star law set age stone hand cut bell time age now foot din

dated "SEPT 64" lower right; further signed with artist's initials, signed and dated "ca carl andre 1964" on the reverse
typewriter carbon on paper
11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm.)
Executed in 1964, this work will be included in the upcoming publication: Carl Andre: The Complete Poems, A Catalogue Raisonné .

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $37,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 November 2016