Carl Andre was born in 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Carl Andre is considered today one of the undisputed pioneers of the Minimalist movement. Andre’s works are about the tension between space, time and ways of representation. The artist rejects the idea of having to hew out and shape, piece together the individual components of a work by gluing or welding; on the contrary, his sculptures are simple shapes, obtained by combining elementary geometric units.
His concern, analysis and brilliant use of space has always been in close relation with the notion of ‘presence,’ in which time and space are entwined. There is no longer a sculpture in space but sculpture as space, “sculpture as place” as Andre has expressed with words that have become one of his trademarks.
In Andre’s artistic evolution, the visual connotation of the form quickly gives way to the conception of places that perform the dual role of work space for the creation of the sculpture itself, and the resulting "new" physical place in which to experience the relationship with the piece.