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Carl Andre died today, January 24, at the age of eighty-eight, in a Manhattan hospice. His legacy is tainted by accusations that he assassinated Cuban artist Ana Mendieta. Paula Cooper Gallery confirmed the death of Carl Andre.
Andre was a Massachusetts native born in 1935. After serving in the US Army, he moved to New York, where he lived until 1957. His work is characterized by floor-based pieces that use industrial materials and basic forms. His success in the 1960s and ’70s was eclipsed by the untimely death of Mendieta, his third wife, who plummeted 34 stories from the couple’s Greenwich Village apartment during an argument in September 1985. There were no eyewitnesses on site, and there were no photos taken of the body. But a doorman who was in the street below reported that New York Times reporters that he had heard a woman screaming before Mendieta’s body had landed with a loud thud on the roof of an all-night delicatessen.
Andre was charged with second-degree murder and acquitted in 1988. The case was highly publicized, polarizing the arts community for decades. In 2014, Andre became the subject of a retrospective at Dia Chelsea that was met with a protest action involving dark red chicken blood and guts in honor of Mendieta’s memory and her own artwork. Three years later protesters once again He disrupted a show of his work at the Geffen Contemporary at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, distributing postcards featuring Mendieta’s portrait with the question: “Carl Andre is at MoCA Geffen. ¿Dónde está Ana Mendieta?” (“Where is Ana Mendieta?”)
Despite enduring suspicions over Andre’s involvement in Mendieta’s death, the sculptor continued to receive wide acclaim in the art world, retaining his representation by the Chelsea gallery Paula Cooper with a solo You can also find out more about the exhibition by clicking here.As recently as 2022. The gallery had worked with Andre from 1964 onwards, according to a shared statement. Hyperallergic that it will continue to work on a forthcoming catalogue raissoné of the artist’s sculptures. The artist’s works are also in prominent museum collections globally including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Andre Kretschmer is survived by his wife Melissa Kretschmer and his sister Carol.