Carl Andre Venus Forge 1980

Artwork details

Artist
Carl Andre born 1935
Title
Venus Forge
Date 1980
Medium Steel and copper
Dimensions Displayed: 5 x 1200 x 15550 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07149
Not on display

Display caption

By making works placed directly on the floor, Andre challenged traditional conventions of sculptural practice and presentation. Venus Forge is an arrangement of metal tiles that can be walked on by the viewer, emphasising the relationship between sculpture and floor. Andre also draws attention to his materials, contrasting highly polished copper with the dark surface of steel. The number of tiles is potentially endless. In theory, Venus Forge could stretch forever.

August 2004

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