Hardback152 PagesSize: 280 × 240 × 20 mm
ISBN: 9781848220300Publication: March 01, 2010

Anthony Caro: Drawing in Space

Mary Reid


  • The first book to look exclusively at the linear sculpture of renowned artist Anthony Caro, drawing on work from across his prolific output
  • Provides an introduction to Caro's sculpture for the art enthusiast and a new perspective on his work for the specialist reader
  • Large-format reproductions of works with extended captions enable the reader to make new and unexpected connections between works

Over the course of his extensive career, Anthony Caro has undertaken several different trajectories in his sculpture. One consistent thread has been his remarkable ability to create evocative drawings in space. In this book Mary Reid discusses Caro's extended engagement with line in three dimensions, tracing characteristics of weightlessness, relationship to the ground, colour, movement, environment and even geographical location.

In the late 1950s, Caro was becoming dissatisfied with his figurative sculpture and was searching for ways to push his practice in new directions. Following the advice of the pre-eminent American critic Clement Greenberg, Caro set working in clay aside and began experimenting with common building materials such as steel girders and I-beams. The results revolutionised the very concept of sculpture. In turn these heavy initial experiments quickly moved to very linear, tensile embodiments of space and gesture. Over the course of the next 50 years this engagement with line has remained a constant within Caro's field of vision, continually shifting and morphing with each new surprising innovation in scale, surface, material, content and form.

Mary Reid's text lays the foundations for a wider understanding of Caro's extraordinary sculptures, from which new interpretations can spring forth. The accompanying plates serve to highlight the development and multiple transitions of this important aspect of the sculptor's long and impressive career.

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