Tomb of the Golden Engenderers, 1976

  • Carl Andre, American, born 1935

Western red cedar wood

  • Installed: 36 × 108 × 36 inches (91.4 × 274.3 × 91.4 cm) Overall (each unit): 12 × 12 × 36 inches (30.5 × 30.5 × 91.4 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund and National Endowment for the Arts Matching Museum Purchase Grant

78.68

Department

Contemporary Art after 1950

  • Axial symmetry
  • Abstraction
  • Cubes
  • Minimal
  • Wood
  • Red cedar
  • Tomb
  • Construction (sculpture)
  • New york

Carl Andre uses ordinary materials, such as pieces of uncarved wood, to create his sculptures, arranging them in simple, geometric patterns that are held together by gravity and balance. He positioned the solid pieces of wood in a rectangular shape and did not use any color to preserve the purity of the wood's natural state.

1978-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Tuchman, P. "Background of a Minimalist: Carl Andre." Artforum 16, no. 7 (1978): 29-33. Carl Andre. Exh. cat., Whitechapel Art Gallery. London, 1978, pp. 12-13 (ill.). Carl Andre Wood. Exh. cat., Van Abbemuseum. Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 1978, no. 73 (ill.).

Carl Andre, Tomb of the Golden Engenderers, 1976, western red cedar wood. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund and National Endowment for the Arts Matching Museum Purchase Grant, 78.68.