Dia Art Foundation to Present A Friendship: Carl Andre’s Works on Paper from the LeWitt Collection at the Dan Flavin Art Institute
June 7, 2014–March 2, 2015
Companion exhibition to Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010 at Dia:Beacon commemorates the friendship of Carl Andre and Sol LeWitt
New York, NY–Dia Art Foundation will present a selection of Carl Andre’s works on paper from the LeWitt Collection from June 7, 2014, through March 2, 2015, at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, New York. This exhibition will complement the artist’s first retrospective in North America since 1978–80, Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, which will be on view from May 5, 2014, through March 2, 2015, at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York.
A selection of Andre’s poems, collages, and works on paper will provide a window into his longtime friendship with Sol LeWitt, exposing the productive dialogue between the two influential artists and giving access to exceptional aspects of Andre’s diverse artistic thought and interests. Echoing the presentation of Andre’s poetry at Dia:Beacon, the works will be shown in vitrines specifically designed by the artist.
“This selection of gifts, correspondence, and poems dedicated to Sol LeWitt will offer a perspective on Carl Andre’s dialogic mind, and help us complete the picture of his artistic practice,” said Yasmil Raymond, Curator, Dia Art Foundation. “We are honored that the LeWitt Collection is allowing us to exhibit this valuable private archive at the Dan Flavin Art Institute."
The exhibition, comprising over 200 papers, will be organized in two parts. The first part will present Andre’s correspondences with LeWitt and will be on view from June 7 through October 18, 2014. This rotation will include a selection of rare pieces, such as a collage of printed cutouts of philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s biography—a figure often invoked by Andre when discussing LeWitt’s work.
The second part will be on view from October 24, 2014, through March 2, 2015, and will focus on Andre’s poetry. A highlight will be a signed edition of Andre’s masterpiece Stillanovel—a long typewritten poem produced in 1972 and dedicated to Sol LeWitt and photographer and filmmaker Hollis Frampton, both of whom shared Andre’s fascination with the work of Eadweard Muybridge. Other poems offered to LeWitt over the years will accompany this masterwork.
Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010
The retrospective will include approximately 50 sculptures displayed in Dia:Beacon’s main galleries; over 200 poems and works on paper presented in wooden vitrines designed by the artist; a selection of rarely exhibited assemblages known as Dada Forgeries; and an unprecedented selection of photographs and ephemera. After premiering at Dia:Beacon, the retrospective’s only venue in the United States, it will travel to museums in Europe, including Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (May 7–October 12, 2015); Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (May 7–September 25, 2016); and Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris (October 20, 2016–February 12, 2017).
Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010 is made possible by lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Major support is provided by the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte; The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston; Jill and Peter Kraus; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Sotheby’s. Generous support is provided by Virginia Dwan; Glenstone; Agnes and Edward Lee; and Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann. Additional support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; the Marx Family Advised Fund at Aspen Community Foundation; Henry McNeil; The Straus Family Fund; and Emily Rauh Pulitzer.
Generous funding for the publication is provided by Sadie Coles HQ; Paula Cooper; and Konrad Fischer Galerie. Additional support has been provided by Galerie Tschudi; Galleria Alfonso Artiaco; Dominique Lévy Gallery; and Angela Westwater, Sperone Westwater.
Dia Art Foundation
Dia Art Foundation, founded in 1974, is committed to initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving extraordinary art projects. Dia:Beacon opened in May 2003 in Beacon, New York. Dia also maintains several long-term, site-specific projects, including Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Oaks (1988), and Dan Flavin’s untitled (1996), all in Manhattan; the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, New York; De Maria’s The Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977) in Kassel, Germany; Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) in Great Salt Lake, Utah; and De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977) in Quemado, New Mexico. Dia also commissions original artists' projects produced for the web and produces scholarly publications.
Dia presents temporary installations, performances, lectures, and readings on West 22nd Street in the Chelsea section of New York City, the neighborhood it helped pioneer. Plans for a new project space are underway.
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