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Caro: Close Up by Julius Bryant

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Publisher : Yale University Press
Binding : Hardcover
Pages : 240
Publication Date : 12/11/2012
Condition : BRAND NEW
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. From Publishers Weekly Accompanying the first United States retrospective of British sculptor Anthony Caro's work in almost 40 years, this collection places the prominent artist firmly within the evolving historical and critical contexts of his long career. Creating work as intimately involved with the human body as with pure abstraction, his familiar sculptures seem to elude gravity even while insisting on their own materiality. To understand Caro, the essays argue, one must first unpack the critical dialogue that has risen alongside his work, seeing the ways it both informs and limits our current viewing. These tours through modern sculpture allow Caro to shine through as an artist who is "disturbingly evocative of the darker aspects of our material world," responsive to cultural shifts yet steadfastly singular. These insights are most valuable, however, when they launch into the attached catalogue, a retrospective in a wide range of media highlighting his consistent engagement with abstraction and his "new tactility, purely for the eye." The artist who famously brought sculpture off the pedestal here appears fresh again, the arresting images of rarely-seen work suggesting new frameworks and opening new avenues for consideration of what can still be learned from such a perennially important sculptor. 150 color + b&w illus.