BEYOND THE 805
April 2 to July 24, 2017
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
SCULPTURE AS PLACE, 1958–2010
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, an exhibition tracing the full evolution of the work of Carl Andre, a crucial figure in the redefinition of contemporary sculpture. The retrospective, which premiered at Dia:Beacon in 2014, includes sculptures; poems and works on paper; a selection of rarely exhibited assemblages; and an unprecedented selection of photographs and ephemera. This is the first museum survey of Andre’s entire five-decade oeuvre and his first retrospective in North America since 1978–80.
The exhibition represents all major historical and aesthetic shifts in Andre’s career, from his early exercises to his most recent work. The main stages of Andre’s mature oeuvre are represented by a large selection of sculptures including the artist’s defining floor sculptures, modular arrangements of unaltered building and industrial materials such as brick stacks, metal squares, slabs, and timber blocks. An unprecedented display of poems and typewriter works examine the pivotal role of language in Andre’s practice, providing a strikingly intimate perspective on his visionary approach to concrete poetry. The exhibition also offers a rare opportunity to view a selection of Andre’s Dada Forgeries—a legendary series of assemblages and readymade-like pieces produced sporadically between the late 1950s and the early 2000s—as well as ephemera and photographic documentation.
The retrospective was co-curated by MOCA Director Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond, Associate Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in close collaboration with the artist. The presentation at MOCA follows an extensive European tour including Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris. A comprehensive catalog accompanies the exhibition.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012