Sale: 529 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 165

 

165
Carl Andre
Lead-Aluminum Couplet, 1999.
Lead and aluminum plate, 2 parts
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 30,000
Sold:
€ 37,500 / $ 37.500

(incl. surcharge)
Lead-Aluminum Couplet. 1999.
Lead and aluminum plate, 2 parts.
Each 1 x 30 x 30 cm (0.3 x 11.8 x 11.8 in). Total dimensions: 1 x 30 x 60 cm (0,4 x 11,8 x 23,6 in).
[AM].
• Carl Andre's often grid-like arrangements are icons of Minimal Art.
• Unique in terms of their reduced form and their technical simplicity.
• Works by the artist are in many international collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
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Accompanied by a confirmation issued by the artist on August 14, 2007 (in copy).

EXHIBITION: Stillanovel Trials, Stillanovel Synopsis, Stillanovel Edition, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, October 9 - November 20, 1999.

Carl Andre, the key pioneer of Minimal Art, creates a reduced, minimalist sculpture in the usual manner with the "Lead-Aluminum Couplet". He does not just take art off the pedestal, he even puts it on the floor and makes it walkable. The radical reinterpretation of sculpture, developed in the 1960s and 1970s under the collective term Minimal Art, relies on formal reduction, physical experience in space and technical simplicity. All of this is reflected in Andre's lead-aluminum pair. Equal in shape, a lead square and an aluminum square, each 30 x 30 x 1 centimeter, meet and form a rectangle. Even visually, an interesting contrast is created here, with connotations associated with the different materials: the lead square is dark, blackish-brownish and matt, while the aluminum square shines silver and shows reflections. Both panels are entities in their own right, but have the same shape and are placed in the room in a cohesive manner, thus interacting with each other. The viewers are involved because they walk around the sculpture in space or even on it and can perceive and experience it from different perspectives. The work can be experienced in its physical reality. The two square plates can also be moved, whereby it is noticeable that the lead is considerably heavier than the aluminum, so that another difference in the material properties becomes evident. With the "Lead-Aluminum Couplet", Andre creates an equal and at the same time very dissimilar, exciting couple that can be understood as an exemplary implementation of Minimal Art. [IC]



165
Carl Andre
Lead-Aluminum Couplet, 1999.
Lead and aluminum plate, 2 parts
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 30,000
Sold:
€ 37,500 / $ 37.500

(incl. surcharge)