de Kooning Gorky Pollack

Carl Andre

"When I was in college in the mid-1970s, Carl Andre was god. For those of us striving to be serious artists, writers, and art historians, Andre was the paragon. His art was coolly intellectual, deceptively simple and austere, yet surprising and provocative... I knew about Carl’s poems early on...For each poem he wrote, Carl made several carbon copies. He’d send one to Hollis Frampton or Sol Lewitt, and distributed the others only to his closest friends. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam has a wonderful and in-depth collection of Andre’s poems."

Yasmil Raymond, co-curator of Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, Dia:Beacon, May 5, 2014–March 2, 2015, from a conversation with David Ebony for Yale University Press, 2014.

This carbon copy of Andre's poem "de Kooning Gorky Pollack" is the only known version in this format. The poem was devised in three sheets in the format of a list, rather than one continuous block of text, of which the original and 13 xerox copies are known. The location of the original from which the present carbon copy was made is no longer known, and may no longer exist.

Carl Andre (b. 1935)
de Kooning Gorky Pollack
Carbon copy on paper mounted on board
6 x 6 1/8 in : 15.2 x 15.6 cm
Signed, titled, inscribed and dated 'de Kooning Gorky Pollack [sic] (Carbon) 1962 Carl Andre' (on the reverse)
Hollis Frampton, New York; Private collection, New York; Their sale; Christie's, New York, 16 March 2006, lot 188; Private collection, Florida; Acquired from the above by the previous owner
This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the complete poems of Carl Andre.
"NO EXIT", Peter Blum Gallery, New York, February 11 - April 15, 2017
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