Carl Andre | Aluminum-Magnesium Plain | 1969
Aluminum and magnesium, 36 plates, 3/8 x 72 x 72 in. (1 x 182.9 x 182.9 cm).
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, acquired from the Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, F99-33/2 A-NN.
Photo: Tiffany Matson
© 2021 Carl Andre / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Aluminum-Magnesium Plain is one of 36 flat square sculptures that made up Carl Andre's 37 Pieces of Work, an installation created for his one-man exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in 1970. Museum-goers were invited to walk on the metal planes (titled "Plains" to emphasize their simplicity), creating a sensory experience that physically broke down the barrier between object and viewer. The checkerboard pattern of the plane is Minimalist in form, with repeating geometric parts devoid of emotional inflection or external references. Other Minimalist artists emerging in the 1960s included Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Agnes Martin, whose work the Tremaines also owned.