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Carl Andre

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The Way West (Uncarved Blocks), 1975
Western red cedar, 2 units, each: 30.5 x 30.5 x 91.4 cm;
overall: 91.5 x 90.6 x 60.5 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
2012.22
© Carl Andre, by SIAE 2012


The Way West challenges the traditional nature of sculpture: while it has the fundamental components of mass, volume and gravity, it is reduced to two identical cuboids. Any trace of the artist’s creative hand is missing. Its banality and the absence of a base negate the monumentality which has historically been one of the vocations of sculpture. Its title, The Way West, reminds us of the epic American western novel by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., which became the basis for a film in 1967. The supine trunk of wood in fact ‘points’ westwards.

credits: Hangar Design Group