Antony Caro U.K., 1924-2013
"How you respond to a sculpture, how a viewer sees the sculpture, is vital." - Antony Caro
Anthony Caro was an English sculptor best known for his abstract constructions made from steel, bronze, lead, and wood. Concerned with maintaining a connection with the body, he crafted human-sized organic shapes from found industrial objects. As though inviting a viewer to walk around them, his works convey a nuanced understanding of the relationship between objects and the space they occupy.
Born on March 8, 1924 in New Malden, United Kingdom, he was educated in the late 1940s at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools in London. Importantly, Caro worked as an apprentice for the famed sculptor Henry Moore in the early 1950s. On a visit to the United States in 1959, Caro met the critic Clement Greenberg, Abstract Expressionist painter Kenneth Noland and sculptor David Smith. After the visit, he began painting his sculptures in primary colors, and adding clear resin sheets to match their hue. Caro went on to teach at Saint Martin's School of Art in London and Bennington College in Vermont.
Caro died on October 23, 2013 in London. Today, the artist's works can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Tate Gallery in London, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.