144 Pieces of Zinc

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Carl Andre (American, b. 1935)
144 Pieces of Zinc, 1967
Zinc plates
each plate: 12 × 12 × 3/8 in. (30.48 × 30.48 × 0.95 cm)
Purchase, National Endowment for the Arts Matching Funds M1969.22
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
© Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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Carl Andre was a founder of the Minimalist sculpture movement of the early to mid-1960s. Profoundly classical in feeling, his sculptures are infused with a sense of timelessness due to Andre’s use of simple geometric forms. His emphasis on the elementary features of sculpture – material, mass, space, volume and gravity – helped to redefine the medium by questioning the notion of sculpture as object. Rejecting the convention of placing sculpture on a pedestal, Andre instead focused on a site-oriented approach, calling his work “sculpture as place” rather than “sculpture as form.” His floor pieces, including 144 Pieces of Zinc, invite viewers to occupy the work’s space by walking on it, thereby creating a spatial dialogue between the viewer and the sculpture. He uses industrially prefabricated components and enables the viewer to experience the very essence of the material.

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