Carl Andre, Copper-Steel Alloy Square (1969)
Carl Andre, Lead-Lead Plain (1969)
Carl Andre, 36 Copper Square (1968)
As Carl Andre’s most recognizable sculptural work, his minimalist floor sculptures have achieved some of the artist’s highest prices at auction. For example, the top 6 records for Andre works are all held by floor sculptures. Intended to be walked upon, these works represent an important contribution to Minimalism. They occupy the same space as the viewer in a directly accessible and interactive format. The top auction records, shown here, indicate a strong market in the past decade for Andre’s innovative work.
Most recently, in October of 2019, Andre’s Copper-Steel Alloy Square (1969) sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London. The piece sold for $2,967,692 with an estimate of $1.4M – $2.2M. Covering a space of 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches, this sculpture represents the large scale of Andre’s floor pieces. Other examples are held in important museum collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.
Andre’s Lead-Lead Plain (1969) sold on 16 May 2019 for $2,660,000 (est. $1.5M – $2M) at Sotheby’s New York’s Contemporary Evening Auction. Additionally, 36 Copper Square (1968) sold for $2,617,000 (est. $2.5M – $3.5M) at Sotheby’s New York on 14 May 2008. Both works occupy a large space of floor. For instance, Lead-Lead Plain is a 72 x 72 in. square, and 36 Copper Square stretches 118 x 118 inches, nearly ten square feet.