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Carl Andre

Andrea Rosen Gallery

“First poem in the third grade,” Carl Andre recalled in 1963. “After the age of twelve a steady production”: so steady, in fact, that his poetic corpus exceeds one thousand sheets of paper. Many of these are owned by the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, making the opportunity to see forty-three of Andre’s poems and works on paper in the back room of Andrea Rosen Gallery worth the trip alone. But this museum-caliber show of work made between 1958 and 1966 had much else to recommend it. First was the decision to forego the usual practice of exhibiting Andre’s two-dimensional output in conjunction with his three-dimensional work. The artist has both dismissed and acknowledged their connection. “All I can say is that the same person does both,” he remarked in a 1975 interview, but then continued: “My interest in elements or particles in sculpture

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