Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection

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This audio guide, introduced by Alice Pratt Brown Director Adam D. Weinberg, highlights a diverse range of works from the exhibition Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection. Artists John Baldessari, Gregory Crewdson, Eric Fischl, Jasper Johns, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Tansey provide additional commentary.


Carl Andre (1935-), GAZETTEER, 1964. Ink on paper, sheet (Sight): 10 15/16 × 8 5/16 in. (27.8 × 21.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau P.2010.9 © Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

NARRATOR: Carl Andre is best known for minimalist sculptures composed of repeating elements. Their elemental nature was largely the point: he wanted viewers to experience materiality as directly as possible. He might create a grid of lead tiles, or a cube of stacked wooden beams. In both cases, the sculpture is exactly what it is and nothing more. These text-based pieces present words in a similar fashion. The viewer encounters them not as prose or poetry, but as the raw building blocks of language.

Andre worked on a manual typewriter using twelve-point Courier font to create systematic patterns of words and letters. GAZETTEER resembles a sheet of published type: justified at the left, ragged on the right, but the lines do not produce sentences. The words are detached from symbolism, narrative, grammar, or syntax.