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.
Artist Carl Andre, American, born 1935
  • Tomb of the Golden Engenderers
Date 1976
Medium western red cedar wood
Dimensions 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)
Credit Line 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
Accession Number 78.68
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
Not On View
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.).