Carl Andre: The Complete Poems

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.

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in symmetrical configurations, a rich and significant element of Carl Andre’s practice remains largely unseen and unpublished.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.

Project Information

Project type
Research project
Lead department
Tate Publishing
Support department
Project leader
Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions & Displays, Tate Liverpool