“It’s Art.” “It’s a pile of bricks.” “NO. IT’S ART.”

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Art Installation Carl Andre

In 1976 London there was some tabloid excitement about the Tate Museum’s tax-payer funded purchase and display of Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII-a group of 120 bricks arranged in a rectangle.
 
The piece was originally part of an installation in New York in 1966. When no one bought the work at the time, the artist returned the bricks to the supplier. He had to obtain new bricks for the Tate. It reportedly cost the tax payers about $12,000.00, the equivalent of about $50,000.00 today.

[Image and caption from here, and yes, it’s a true story.]

 

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