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Carl Andre, a mid-20th century Minimalist sculpture whose legacy has been tarnished by allegations that he killed Cuban artist Ana Mendieta died on Wednesday, January 24 in a Manhattan hospice at the age 88. Paula Cooper Gallery confirmed the death of Carl Andre.
Andre was born 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He moved to New York City in 1957, after serving in the US Army. His work is characterized by floor-based pieces that use industrial materials and basic 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 charged with second-degree murder and acquitted in 1988. The case was highly publicized, and it polarized the art community for decades. 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 He disrupted a show of his work 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?”)
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, which has worked with Andre’s since 1964, shared a statement with 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.