New York

Carl Andre

Seagram Plaza

A view of siting in the urban environment is provided at Seagram Plaza, where Carl Andre has arranged 100 blocks, each 18 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches, into a small rectangular solid. The blocks are soft grey granite hewn from the quarries of Andre’s native Quincy, Massachusetts; the sculpture is entitled Fermion, in reference to the first nuclear-fission experiments conducted by Enrico Fermi in 1942. In a prepared statement Andre has stated his aim of counteracting, in all his work, this new and frightening historical relation by assembling “at a certain point in space and time, a critical mass.” Like most of New York’s public art, this is a temporary installation; after three months Fermion will, happily, disappear.

Andre has been working hard over the past few years to make his obdurate Minimalism yield to the language of interpretation—most specifically, of autobiographical and sexual

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