Carl Andre - Out of the Blue: The Enea Righi Collection London Friday, April 16, 2021 | Phillips

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  • 'The meaning of Carl Andre’s art is not to strike the viewer, but rather to maintain a relationship with the environment where it is located, to overcome the idea of art as an object to contemplate. In this work, part of a series conceived in 1972, the artist uses a very light steel structure and it is exactly this fragility that intrigued me -he removes the rigor from the sculpture, adding instead the element of instability.' —Enea Righi

    • Provenance

      John Weber Gallery, New York
      Ruhé, Amsterdam
      Galeria G 7, Bologna
      Jennifer and Stephen Winkworth, London
      Gimpel Fils, London
      Ordonez Lasheras
      Gimpel Fils, London
      Galleria La Bertesca, Genoa
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2001

    • Exhibited

      Denver, Friends of Contemporary Art, Carl Andre, 1972
      The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum; Eindhoven, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Carl Andre, 9 January - 3 March 1987, p. 58, no. 1
      Avignon, Collection Lambert, Theorema, Une Collection Privée en Italie. La Collection d'Enea Righi, 5 February - 29 May 2005, p. 238-239 (illustrated, p. 40)
      Venice, Palazzo Fortuny, Quand fondra la neige, où ira le blanc, 4 June – 6 November 2016

    • Literature

      Carl Andre Sculpture 1958-1974, exh. cat., Kunsthalle, Bern, 1975, p. 63
      Carl Andre, exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 1987, p. 58


45-Part Steel Cut

transformer core steel sheet, in 45 parts
each 6.2 x 10.5 cm (2 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)
overall 278.5 x 10.5 cm (109 5/8 x 4 1/8 in.)

Executed in 1972, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné.

Full Cataloguing

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £126,000

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Out of the Blue: The Enea Righi Collection

London Auction 16 April 2021