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Letter from Dusseldorf: ..."very pleasant to visit Dorothee and Konrad...", 1979

Mixed Media

Ink letter on postmarked (franked) postcard

5.80 x 4.00 in

14.7 x 10.2 cm

Unique Work

Boldly signed in black ink by Carl Andre, with his @ - the artist's trademark signature and logo.

PRICE: $800
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    About The Work

    Unique piece of art historical ephemera. This is a stamped, postmarked postcard  from Dusseldorf Germany dated 19 September 1979, handwritten by Carl Andre to his parents Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Andre in Massachusetts. It was acquired from the collection of Andre's parents - Mr. and Mrs. George Hans Andre.  (Andre famously attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Massachusetts, his home state, as did another famous alum - Frank Stella, though they would not actually meet until years later).  The image of postcard depicts a different German city - which Andre acknowledges in the letter.  In the 1970s, Minimalist Art was the rage - perhaps more so in Europe than the US, and Andre loved to travel to Europe.  Andre's letter, not unexpectedly, is written in the artist's quintessential laconic style -  in all caps.

    19 Sep '79, Dusseldor 9:00 p.m. DEAR M & G: IT IS VERY PLEASANT TO VISIT DOROTHEE & KONRAD, BERTA & KASPER AGAIN -->THE  BAXTERS' THREW A MOST DELIGHTFUL BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR ME ON SUNDAY IN DENHAM - THOMAS IS CERTAINLY A LITTLE GIANT, BOTH FEARLESS AND AMIABLE --> THIS CARD IS OF A VERY PLEASANT CITY WHICH I ONCE VISITED - I LOST MY DUSSELDORF POSTCARDS TODAY IN A BAR WHILE STILL QUITE SOBER - LOVE & BE WELL @

    Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

    About Carl Andre

    From The Magazine

    • Provenance: Acquired from the private collection of  Carl Andre's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Andre of Massachusetts (where Carl was born.)

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