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    Sale 7672

    Post War & Contemporary Art Day Sale (Afternoon)

    1 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 417

    Carl Andre (b. 1935)

    Venus Well

    Price Realised  


    Carl Andre (b. 1935)
    Venus Well
    sixty-three copper elements
    each: 3¾ x 7 7/8in. (10 x 20cm.);
    overall: 2 x 43 3/8 x 236¼in. (5 x 110 x 600cm.)
    Executed in 1978

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    "Most of my works--certainly the successful ones--have been ones that are in a way causeways--they cause you to make your way along them or around them or to move the spectator over them. They’re like roads, but certainly not fixed point vistas. I think sculpture should have an infinite point of view. There should be no one place or even a group of places where you should be" (C. Andre, quoted in D. Bourdon, "A Redefinition of Sculpture", in Carl Andre: Sculpture 1959-1977, exh. cat., New York, 1978, p. 16).

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    Galerie Konrad Fischer, Dusseldorf.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's New York, 9 November 1989, lot 294.
    Galerie Pierre et Marianne Nahon, Paris.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Eindhoven, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Carl Andre, January-March 1987, no. 37 (illustrated, p. 120).