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Artist Carl Andre Dies at 88

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Carl Andre died Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the age of eighty-eight, in a Manhattan hospice. His legacy is tainted by accusations that he assassinated Cuban artist Ana Mendieta. Paula Cooper Gallery confirmed his death.

Andre was born 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He moved to New York City in 1957, after serving in the US Army. His floor-based work is characterized by the use of industrial materials, as well as simple forms. His success in the 1960s and ’70s was eclipsed by the untimely death of Mendieta, his third wife, who plummeted 34 stories from the couple’s Greenwich Village apartment during an argument in September 1985. The death of Mendieta, his third wife, was overshadowed by the untimely death of her during an argument in September 1985. No witnesses were present and no photos had been taken. However, a doorman on the street below said that she fell 34 stories from their apartment. New York Times reporters that he had heard a woman screaming before Mendieta’s body had landed with a loud thud on the roof of an all-night delicatessen.

Andre was indicted for second-degree homicide in 1988 and acquitted. This highly publicized trial polarized the art community well into the 21st Century. In 2014, Andre’s story was the subject a retrospective at Dia Chelsea that was met with a protest action involving dark red chicken blood and guts in honor of Mendieta’s memory and her own artwork. Three years later, protesters are back The artist disrupted the exhibition of his works at the Geffen Contemporary at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, distributing postcards featuring Mendieta’s portrait with the question: “Carl Andre is at MoCA Geffen. ¿Dónde está Ana Mendieta?” (“Where is Ana Mendieta?”)

Andre was born in 2020 Ellen Barkin, an actress in her early 20s, recalled a time when the artist violently wrapped his hands around her throat. 

Despite enduring suspicions over Andre’s involvement in Mendieta’s death, the sculptor continued to receive wide acclaim in the art world, retaining his representation by the Chelsea gallery Paula Cooper with a solo The following are some examples of the use ofAs recently as 2022. The gallery had worked with Andre from 1964 onwards, according to a shared statement. Hyperallergy that it will continue to work on a forthcoming catalogue raissoné of the artist’s sculptures. The artist’s works are also in prominent museum collections globally including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Andre Kretschmer is survived by his wife Melissa Kretschmer and his sister Carol.


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