Carl Andre Last Ladder 1959

Artwork details

Artist
Carl Andre born 1935
Title
Last Ladder
Date 1959
Medium Pine
Dimensions Object: 2140 x 156 x 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01533
On loan to Dia: Beacon (New York, USA)

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One of Andre's early carvings, Last Ladder was made by cutting a series of organic concave forms into a rough-hewn beam of wood that had been salvaged from a construction site. Andre intended his cutting to reveal the distinctive qualities of this raw material. He later said of this sculpture: the wood was better before I cut it than after. I did not improve it in any way.

August 2004

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