Caro: Close Up
With a career spanning more than sixty years, Anthony Caro (b. 1924) is one of Britain’s most acclaimed and best-known sculptors. Caro: Close Up accompanies the first survey exhibition of his work in an American museum since his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1975. Although celebrated for his large, brightly painted abstract sculptures, Caro has also produced drawings and small-scale works of a more private nature throughout his career. The full range of his oeuvre includes works on paper, sculptures constructed in paper and cardboard, and abstract works of steel, bronze, and clay.
Featuring new photography of more than sixty works drawn almost entirely from Caro’s studio and family collections, this publication examines the critical responses that Caro’s work has elicited from the 1950s to the present and considers his role in current artistic practice. The authors explore the ways the sculptor has used the physical properties of his materials, while Caro himself discusses his exhibition and installation practices.
Julius Bryant is Keeper of Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Martina Droth is Head of Research and Curator of Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art.