CARL ANDRE (b. 1935)
Five Hundred Terms for Charles A. Lindbergh19628 x 6 1/8 in. ink on paper on board
ProvenanceCollection of Hollis Frampton, acquired from the artist 1963
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Houston
DescriptionCarl Andre is an American artist who helped pioneer minimalist sculpture and was the husband of famed and celebrated artist Ana Mendieta. This is a classic text piece from the early 1960s and is typical of his poems which are composed by selecting individual words from source texts, and then ordering them on the page according to simple and self-evident criteria, which, in this case, is by alphabetical listing. Aviator Charles Lindbergh deep fascinated Carl Andre whom he returned to as a source for his poetry. This work with its structured repetition like his famed sculptures reflect the minimalism and post-minimalism emerging in the 1960s and the 1970s including fellow concrete poet Christopher Knowles.