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September 7, 2007 12:00 PMCalender

Carl Andre (American, b. 1935) and Ana Mendieta (Cuban/American, 1948-1985) PIETRE/FOGLIE

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2371 Location: Boston Date / Time: September 07, 2007 12:00PM


Carl Andre (American, b. 1935) and Ana Mendieta (Cuban/American, 1948-1985)

PIETRE/FOGLIE/A Book of Twenty Prints, 1984, total edition of 48. Signed "Carl Andre" and "Ana Mendieta" in pencil on colophons at the end of the book, inscribed by the editor, Romolo Bulla. Bound lithographs on paper, sheet sizes 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (34.2 x 24.6 cm), cloth binding (minor soiling).
Condition: Good.
Carl Andre, one of America's leaders in the Minimalist movement, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1935. Andre attended Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he studied with Patrick Morgan. He then attended Kenyon College in Ohio. Andre traveled throughout Europe for a time, finally settling down in New York City. There Andre continued to be influenced by Patrick Morgan and Minimalist artist Frank Stella, with whom he shared a studio. Both mentors encouraged Andre's geometric work and his departure from the popular abstract expressionists. Andre created installation pieces, was part of the Concrete Poetry movement, and created works on paper.
Ana Mendieta was a major post-minimalist artist who emigrated from Cuba to America as a child. She earned two degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. Mendieta received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, as well as a Prix de Rome fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. Mendieta worked in Iowa, Mexico, and Cuba. In her earth art, Mendieta combined her childhood experiences of the Afro-Caribbean religion of Santeria.
In 1979 Andre met Mendieta. They married and began exhibiting and working together. This book combines Andre's minimalist work with Mendieta's more earthy post-minimalist imagery. While their work is visually disparate, both embrace simple abstraction as a means to convey their individual concepts through art. This piece is an example of how two seemingly opposite artists collaborated to mix their styles into a unified whole.

Estimate $5,000-7,000

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