New York

Carl Andre

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Edmund Husserl, in the Origin of Geometry, suggested that Euclid developed his Elements from such practical activities as building, and this didactic function of construction as a way of illustrating geometric principles has played a central role in Carl Andre’s work throughout his career. The sculptor’s recent show comprised five pieces (all 1998) configured according to a common compositional operation: The structure of each work was determined exclusively by the combination of identical units.

Such alignments of uniform objects arranged on the floor in repetitive patterns were classic Andre—indeed, the show’s seven handwritten poems, or Hand Trials, were composed as far back as 1972 (although the artist had begun working on some of the subjects, such as King Philip’s War, over a decade earlier). While ostensibly unrelated to the new sculptural work, the poems, in pen and ink on graph

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