Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 178 - 6 March 2021

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 368

André Cadere (Poland / 1934 - 1978)
Untitled (A 12003000) (1974)


€ 70 000 - 100 000

"André Cadere" Gal. des Beaux-Arts, Brussels 1988
"André Cadere. Unordnung herstellen. Geschichte einer Arbeit" Kunstverein München; Kunstverein Hamburg; Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz 1996
"André Cadere. Catalogue raisonné" Karola Grässlin e.a., Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln 2008, nr. A3 ill.
Gal. Yvon Lambert, Paris
Gal. S65, Aalst
coll. Marcel Huys, Brussels


Somewhere in a corner, lying down or standing on the ground, wandering through the streets, ... one can bump anywhere into André Cadere's barre de bois. In any case, it won't be hung neatly on a wall, as a "normal" work of art should be. One cannot describe a barre de bois exclusively being a sculpture or a painting. The object is a performance. It is peripheral art officially being on the outside of conventional institutions such as museums and galleries, and infiltrating them in a parasitic manner.

André Cadere is a subversive figure in the art scene of the seventies. With or without an invitation, he appears in other artists' exhibitions. He announces his presence, promenades his barre de bois through the Parisian boulevards and then poses him in a corner or against the wall of a museum or gallery. This action causes a dramatic shift in the exhibition in question, which Cadere claims to be his own. This performance-based work contrasts with the established art world and is a statement similar to the early work of the British duo Gilbert & George, close friends of Cadere.

The barre de bois is an instrument of artistic intervention. Cadere uses a fixed formal idiom throughout his oeuvre with a conceptual approach that relates to the rise of semiotics. Thus he confuses the established art scene order: his work encourages to rethink how meaning functions and can be indicated, the object is a reference to something else. The spectator is challenged to reconstruct the underlying logic. Cadere questions the cultural sector, its institutes and its power, which, in his point of view, reflect a broader social system.

The barres de bois are composed by several painted cylindrical segments whose length corresponds to their diameter. The segments are arranged according to a mathematical permutation system, each time an error perturbing the sequence. Every barre can be distinguished by four parameters: color, permutation, size and error. The error disturbs any attempt to decipher the mathematical system all too easily. Cadere creates an ambiguous game, parallel to the infiltration of his work in the art world.

Can you find the error in this barre A 12003000 from 1974?
The applied sequence and it's color code:
1 = black; 2 = white; 3 = red

123 132 312 123

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