Carl Andre

Kunstmuseen Krefeld | Haus Lange

Early in his career Carl Andre summarized the history of 20th-century sculpture with a simple maxim: “Sculpture-as-shape; sculpture-as-structure; sculpture-as- place.” Shaped or modeled sculpture was the dominant practice from antiquity until Rodin; structural sculpture, a sculpture of repeated, joined units, emerged with Tatlin and Brancusi. In “sculpture-as-place” these units are unattached and laid directly on the floor; inviting one to walk around and across it, it’s a sculpture that solicits bodily participation.

The best example of “sculpture-as-place” is of course Andre’s own work—the terminus of a narrative that leaps rather breathlessly from Phidias to the 1960s. It was the special aim of this show to highlight this central aspect of Andre’s project. Located in three exhibition spaces, including the Haus Lange and Haus Esters in Krefeld and the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (a smaller

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the October 1996 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.