Carl Andre

Rotor Reflector Review

1967

Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 273 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by David Novros through the American Federation of Arts 1977
Reference
T02137

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This word poem is a commentary on paintings by the artist David Novros. Each block includes the same words, but in the lower half, the sequence is reversed. Letters written vertically in the upper section appear horizontally in the lower section, and vice versa. This structure echoes Novros's preoccupation with interlocking canvases.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Carl Andre born 1935

T02137 Rotor Reflector Review 1967

Inscribed 'ROTOR REFLECTOR REVIEW DAVID NOVROS | PAINTINGS DWAN GALLERY APRIL ONE CA' across top
Black felt pen on graph paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 (27.4 x 21)
Presented by David Novros through the American Federation of Arts 1977
Prov: David Novros, New York (from the artist by exchange)
Lit: Carl Andre, 'Novros' in 57th Street Review, April 1967

This is one of Carl Andre's word poems and was made as a commentary on David Novros' exhibition of paintings at the Dwan Gallery, New York, in April 1967. Each half consists of the same sequence of words, but in the lower half the order of the words is reversed and the letters are the other way round - a structure which echoes Novros' preoccupation with the interlocking, repetition, inversion etc. of simple shaped canvases such as L-shapes. Andre writes that 'Three separate word arrays were published as reviews of 3 separate shows of paintings by Novros, Marden, and Mogensen in the 57th Street Review, a mimeographed flyer of the time'. (Letter of 23 September 1977).

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.12, reproduced p.12