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Carl Andre: 'Works of art don't mean anything'

The artist discusses how materials are a natural part of his life, and looks back at when his work hit the headlines

In this interview filmed at the artist's New York apartment, Carl Andre discusses how materials are a natural part of his life, and looks back at when his work hit the headlines, recalling criticism such as 'you can't make art out of bricks'.

Since the 1960s Carl Andre has made work that emphasises the inherent qualities of his materials. After a period carving sculpture, he began arranging everyday materials in simple geometric configurations. Andre has described his method as scavenging for 'physical realities' and he has often sought inspiration in the city streets.

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