Alfonso Artiaco gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Carl Andre's solo exhibition, on Thursday 16th September 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Carl Andre's work meets again with Alfonso Artiaco gallery with the presentation of a new big sculpture. '9 x 27 Napoli Rectangle', title of the piece, suggests a different reading of the space by the American artist, compared with the last exhibitions (1995, 1998 2006, 2008). The identical 243 steel hot rolled plates are laid down in a rectangular configuration with two of the four sides closed the walls occupying almost all the available floor.
Carl Andre has been working for over forty years on the modern sculpture's concept. His constant innovative approach, recognised subsequently with the "Minimalist" appellation, has provided a new meaning to sculpture in the second half of the 20th century by turning away from the object towards the space surrounding it.
The combinations of identical prefabricated material items lined on the floor, relieves and planes, abolishing the traditional concept of volume. They have set forth a distance with the conventional notion of sculpture. The works by Carl Andre create sites where the viewer is invited to enter and live a physical experience catching the hidden energy and the artist's sensitive experience of handling the materials. Therefore, the works are different from time to time, thanks to a combination of the 'place' – meant as space, time and history - and the 'possibility' that the viewer has to experience this specific sculpture. (Eva Meyer-Hermann).