A stark wooden vitrine showcases a stunning work by the minimalist sculptor Carl Andre at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, “one hundred sonnets, I…flower.” To be honest, I didn’t know much about Andre as of three days ago. (And I wish I hadn’t googled him today.) I went to Marfa for the divine Judds and Flavins. But this piece really stuck.
On each of 99 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, the artist has typed a block of text, each consisting of a single repeated word, beginning with ‘I’, then moving through parts of the body, then the landscape, and concluding with the word ‘flower.’