ISBN: 9781848220577 • Publication: May 28, 2010
'an attractive and richly illustrated five-volume survey. Much like Caro's continually overlapping series, these books reflect on related material from different perspectives, loosely organised by type or theme ...these books' main virtue lie in their close readings of individual works.' Times Literary Supplement
The Definitive Series on the Sculpture of Anthony Caro
Mary Reid, Julius Bryant, Karen Wilkin, H.F. Westley Smith, and Paul Moorhouse
Anthony Caro restlessly explored an unpredictable range of sculptural possibilities, testing limits and positing new ideas about the nature of eloquent three-dimensional objects. Through his expansion and transformation of the legacy of construction in metal pioneered by Julio González and Pablo Picasso, and further developed by David Smith in the USA, Caro created a new, multivalent language of three-dimensional abstraction.
The Caro pendulum swung between extremes of linearity and robustness, abstractness and allusion. He countered his mastery of line and transparency with investigations of our responses to mass and perceptions of interior and exterior, even experimenting with literally enterable sculptures. He made rigorously abstract constructions that resemble nothing but themselves, intimate table-based pieces, monumental constructions like metaphorical architecture, and complex multi-part cycles of narrative works that pulse in and out of explicit illusionism. And more. The range and variety of Caro's sculpture notwithstanding, there are also common threads that run through all of his work.
The five volumes in this set, each by a different critic, examine the various aspects of Caro's evolution individually, tracing the permutations of different themes – narrative, volume and mass, line and openness – throughout his work, over time. Each volume is independent and explores different territory, but cumulatively, by tracing these dominant themes, they provide new insight into the achievement of one of the undisputed giants of Modernist art.