b. March 8, 1924, Surrey, England
d. October 23, 2013, London, England
Sir Anthony Caro’s (1924-2013) prestigious career spanned six decades, during which he received numerous honors, critical acclaim, and widespread renown as one of Britain’s most important sculptors. Knighted by the Queen of England in 1987, Caro was appointed to the Order of Merit (OM) in 2000. Caro’s work is represented in over 150 museums and other public collections worldwide, and he received a lifetime achievement award from the International Sculpture Center in 1997.
After working as an assistant to Henry Moore and teaching art in London from the 1950s onwards, Caro first came to international recognition in the 1960s with his large-scale, abstract sculptures. These early works were among the first freestanding sculptures to be set directly on the ground. The series was revolutionary for confronting viewers head-on at a time when most monumental sculpture was still displayed on pedestals. It was during this period when Caro began his strong associations with the United States. In the 1960s Caro taught at Vermont’s Bennington College, and in 1982 he founded Triangle Artists’ Workshop in Pine Plains, New York, where he provided a working environment for painters and sculptors from around the world.
Caro is the only contemporary sculptor to have exhibited at The National Gallery, London (1998). Other major exhibitions include retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1975); the Trajan Markets, Rome (1992); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1995); Tate Britain, London (2005); three museums in Pas-de-Calais, France (2008) to accompany the opening of his Chapel of Light at Bourbourg; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2011); The Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (2012); the Museo Correr, Venice (2013) and again at the Tate Britain, London (2014). His work has been collected by museums around the world.
All images Anthony Caro © Barford Sculptures Ltd.