Carl Andre moved to New York in 1957 after briefly studying Arts in Massachusetts. He wrote poetry and created small sculptures. He quickly became interested in the properties of matter: form, density, and surface.
In 1958, he began using industrial materials (wood, metal plates, brick), which he assembled himself according to each exhibition space. From then on, he continued to respond to the spaces proposed by galleries, museums, and cities by using elements found on site. His conception of sculpture evolved throughout the 1960s. First conceiving it as form, he then shifted his focus to structure, before thinking of it as space. His pieces, created according to a precise intent for specific places, were then presented differently, according to specific exhibition spaces.