Death of an Artist
Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? For over 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples. They were a textbook case of opposites attract. Andre was famous, rich, white, and within the small coterie of the artworld, powerful. Mendieta was a Cuban refugee, a woman, working at the edge of the Avant Garde. Just months after their wedding, Andre called 911 saying they had a fight and Mendieta “went out the window” of their 34th floor apartment. Andre was charged with murder and the art wo...
Ximena Smith • Stuff NZ • Sep 24, 2022
"...the circumstances surrounding Mendieta’s death, and how the broader power dynamics of the art industry played into the incident’s lead-up and its subsequent fallout. Molesworth also grapples with her own complicitness in the story as a high-profile curator who followed along with what she describes as the art world’s tendency to always separate the art from the artist."