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Cuts : Texts 1959-2004 - Carl Andre


Texts 1959-2004

By: Carl Andre, James Meyer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th May 2005
ISBN: 9780262012157
Number Of Pages: 317
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Just as Carl Andre's sculptures are "cuts" of elemental materials, his writings are condensed expressions, "cuts" of language that emphasize the part rather than the whole. Andre, a central figure in minimalism and one of the most influential sculptors of our time, does not produce the usual critical essay. He has said that he is "not a writer of prose," and the texts included in Cuts -- the most comprehensive collection of his writings yet published -- appear in a wide variety of forms that are pithy and poetic rather than prosaic. Some texts are statements, many of them fifty words or less, written for catalog entries and press releases. Others are Socratic dialogues, interwoven statements, or in the form of questionnaires and interviews. Still others are letters -- public and private, lengthy missives and postcards. Some are epigrams and maxims (for example, on Damian Hirst: I DON'T FEAR HIS SHARK. I FEAR HIS FORMALDEHYDE) and some are planar poems, words and letters arranged and rearranged into different patterns. They are organized alphabetically by subject, under such entries as "Art and Capitalism," "Childhood," "Entropy (After Smithson)," "Matter," "My Work," "Other Artists," and "Poetry," and they include Andre's reflections on Michelangelo and Duchamp, on Stein and Marx, and such contemporaries as Eva Hesse, Robert Smithson, Robert Morris, and Damien Hirst.Carl Andre's writing and its materiality -- its stress on the visual and tactile qualities of language -- takes its place beside his sculpture and its materiality, its revelation of "matter as matter rather than matter as symbol." Both assert the ethical and political primacy of matter in a culture that prizes the replica, the insubstantial, and the virtual. "I am not an idealist as an artist," says Andre. "I try to discover my visions in the conditions of the world. It's the conditions which are important."

Industry Reviews

Andre's work, like his writing, is composed of separate pieces-cuts-reassembled in a playful and thoughtful way.

Such books are invaluable for the art historian, documenting ideas in gestation and formation, and for the general art reader in revealing something of the persona of the artist.

-Detroit Metro Times

Illustrationsp. xiii
Author's Statementp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introduction: "Carl Andre, Writer"p. 1
Artp. 31
Art and Capitalismp. 33
Art and Politicsp. 51
Bernd and Hilla Becherp. 65
Constantin Brancusip. 67
Capitalismp. 71
Certaintyp. 73
Childhoodp. 77
Conceptualismp. 84
Dialoguep. 88
Mark Di Suverop. 89
Marcel Duchampp. 91
Entropy (After Smithson)p. 95
Formp. 99
Hollis Framptonp. 101
Arshile Gorkyp. 106
Eva Hessep. 107
Horizontalityp. 109
Infinityp. 112
Japanp. 116
Konrad (Fischer)p. 119
Languagep. 125
Sol Lewittp. 128
Literaturep. 131
Lee Lozanop. 134
Manners and Moralsp. 135
Karl Marxp. 136
Massp. 138
Matterp. 140
Minimalismp. 150
Robert Morrisp. 153
Other Artistsp. 155
P.S. 1p. 157
Paintingp. 159
Paleolithic / Neolithicp. 171
Photographyp. 175
Placep. 181
Poetryp. 192
Ezra Poundp. 216
Quincyp. 217
Railroadp. 222
Auguste Rodinp. 223
Russian Constructivismp. 229
Scalep. 231
Sculpturep. 232
Small Sculpturep. 245
David Smithp. 248
Robert Smithsonp. 249
Spacep. 255
Gertrude Steinp. 265
Frank Stellap. 267
Symmetryp. 275
Theoryp. 276
Timep. 277
United States of Americap. 278
Uproarsp. 282
My Workp. 288
Notesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 310
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ISBN: 9780262012157
ISBN-10: 0262012154
Series: MIT Press Writing Art
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: 27th May 2005
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 21.34  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 1.12