Carl Andre

144 Copper Square

1969
"144 Copper Square" is one of several squares that American sculptor Carl Andre made of various metals: lead, magnesium, iron, zinc, aluminum, and copper. Each square is composed of one metal and shows the distinct physical properties of its material: weight, colour, lustre, the sound that the plate makes when walked upon. To underscore his focus on materials, the artist displayed a periodic table of elements on the wall in earlier installations of these works, referring to the table as his "palette". Reduced to square grids that recall scientific tabulations, Andre's sculptures allow the viewer to observe and experience the materials directly. Even the form he uses refers back to their elemental materiality.
Artist
Title
144 Copper Square
Date
1969
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
144 copper plates
Dimensions
0.95 x 365.8 x 365.8 cm assembled flat; copper plates: .95 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm each
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1969
Accession number
15897.1-144