Alfonso Artiaco gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the exhibition by Carl Andre, at Piazzetta Nilo 7, Naples, on Thursday the 12th of September, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Alfonso Artiaco gallery opens the new exhibition season with the solo show by the renowned American artist Carl Andre. The long collaboration between the artist and the gallery was build throughout the years thanks to the several exhibitions held in 1995, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010.
In this exhibition, a collection of works that range from the Poems of the '60 to more recent sculptures will be shown with the aim to give an insight into the aesthetics and the evolution of Andre's artistic production.
Between 1957 and 2000, Carl Andre also produced poetry, beyond the sculptures, for which he primarily has become famous. Andre's poems, which were typed on a manual typewriter or hand-written, often include historical references and traces of autobiography. From the beginning of his career, this 'drawings' have functioned as entries into catalogues about his work, giving right away a clear indication of the connection between these works on paper and the sculptures. They relate directly to the artist's three-dimensional work. They incorporate the word as a compositional module, much like his signature use of bricks or metal plates.
For this exhibition, 10 works on paper, dated '63, will dialogue with the floorpieces. The sculptures, made in a variety of materials such as copper, steel, stone, are placed horizontally on the floor in symmetrical configurations. The new definition of sculpture that Carl Andre 'imposed' from the beginning of his career is here put on display through the artworks of the 70', such as, for example, 13 Copper Triode and Bar 38, and more recent ones, such as the sculptures in Belgian blue limestone (2001), Steel Σ 15 and Crux 14 (both 2010).
The poems, largely unseen and unpublished, will be published (1500 poems) in A Catalogue Raisonné Carl Andre: The Complete Poems, wanted strongly by Tate Publishing, London and The Carl Andre and Melissa L. Kretschmer Foundation.