Tate Publishing, London and The Carl Andre and Melissa L. Kretschmer Foundation are working together to create a complete catalogue of the poems of Carl Andre (American, born September 16 1935). The publication will record and illustrate some 1,500 poems made by the artist between 1957 and 2000. Each work will be accompanied by detailed information about its origin, provenance, exhibition history, and a bibliography, in addition to extensive supporting material.

Carl Andre, 'Rotor Reflector Review' 1967

Carl Andre
Rotor Reflector Review 1967
Drawing on paper
support: 273 x 210 mm
Presented by David Novros through the American Federation of Arts 1977© Carl Andre/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2002

While there have been numerous catalogues on Andre’s work since the 1960s, this will be the first comprehensive catalogue of the artist’s poetry. The Complete Poems will provide an indispensable resource for poets, artists, scholars, art institutions, and others interested in the artist’s oeuvre.

David Bourdon wrote about Carl Andre’s sculpture in 1977:

Carl Andre’s investigations of sculpture as “place” have possibly resulted in the most drastic redefinition of three-dimensional art in the last 40 years.

 While best known for his sculptures made from metals, positioned flat on the floor and placed in symmetrical configurations, a rich and significant element of Carl Andre’s practice remains largely unseen and unpublished. Throughout his life, language and poetry have been fundamental to the work of Carl Andre. From the beginning of his career, his poems have functioned as entries into catalogues about his work, appeared alongside his sculpture in exhibitions, formed exhibitions in their own right, been published in strictly limited editions, made appearances in scholarly writings about the artist, been repeatedly cited in relation to the development of avant-garde poetry. They have been referenced by a diverse multitude including poets, artists, theorists, musicians, linguists, psychologists, and cyberneticists. Impossible to dismiss, Andre’s experiments with word and text deserve collation and careful attention, not only because they cast significant light on his work in three-dimensions, but also because they supply a fascinating insight into his sensibility as an artist.

Calling current and past owners   

Central to the publication will be the accuracy and merit of its scholarly information. The project team are at this time conducting a search for all poems made by the artist, including carbon, and photostatic versions, as well as any written, audio and/or video recordings, and other documentation relevant to creating the definitive statement on Carl Andre’s poetry.      

Current and past owners of poems by Carl Andre are kindly encouraged to complete our online form to register each Andre work(s) or contact gavin.delahunty@tate.org.uk. Each work should be registered as a separate submission. Owners of several works and others wishing to submit forms by mail can also download a Word version. All information and correspondence will be kept strictly confidential and requests for anonymity will be honoured.     

Supported by the Carl Andre catalogue raisonné supporters group

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Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions & Displays, Tate Liverpool
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