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Anthony Caro

Anthony Caro

by Michael FriedPaul Moorhouse and Dave Hickey

Publication Date: 01/06/2005

Anthony Caro (born 1924) is widely regarded as 'Britain's greatest living sculptor' (The Guardian, 2003) and has enjoyed an international reputation since the early 1960s. This publication accompanies a major retrospective exhibition of Caro's work at Tate Britain in January 2005. Caro studied at Regent Street Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools, before working as Henry Moore's assistant between 1951 and 1953. His work changed radically following a visit to America in 1959, when he met the sculptor David Smith, the painter Kenneth Noland and the critic Clement Greenberg. In 1960 he began making purely abstract sculptures constructed and welded in steel, comprising beams, girders and other found elements painted in bright colours. 'I think my big break in 1960 was in challenging the pedestal, killing statuary, bringing sculpture into our lived-in space', Caro wrote. The exhibition of these works at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1963, caused a sensation and heralded a revolution in sculpture. Within a short period, conventional ideas about materials, method, surface, scale, form and space were overturned by his radical reworking of all these elements. This recognition was parallel
Biography: arts & entertainment
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Tate Publishing, Limited
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United Kingdom
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Paul Moorhouse

Paul Moorhouse is an independent curator and writer. Formerly Curator of Twentieth - Century Portraits and Head of Displays (Victorian to Contemporary) at the National Portrait Gallery, London, his publications include Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends (2017), Giacometti: Pure Presence (2015), The Great War in Portraits (2014), Cindy Sherman (2014), A Guide to Twentieth Century Portraits (2013), The Queen Art & Image (2011), Bridget Riley: From Life (2010), Gerhard Richter Portraits: Painting Appearances (2009) and Pop Art Portraits (2007).

Dave Hickey

Dave Hickey is a distinguished American art and cultural critic. He was Professor of English at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Distinguished Professor of Criticism for the MFA Program in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico.

He has written widely, including for Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Interview, Harper's Magazine, Vanity Fair, Nest, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.

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