English abstract sculptor whose work is characterised by assemblages of metal using ‘found’ industrial objects. Caro was born in New Malden, England anthony Caro PDF a Jewish family and was the youngest of three children. Anthony Caro encountered modernism when working as an assistant to Henry Moore in the 1950s. Caro found international success in the late 1950s.
He is often credited with the significant innovation of removing the sculpture from its plinth, although Smith and Brâncuși had both previously taken steps in the same direction. Caro’s sculptures are usually self-supporting and sit directly on the floor. In 1982 Caro was trying to organise an exhibition of British abstract art in South African townships when he met Robert Loder. In 1981, when staying in New York State, the pair developed the idea of running workshops for professional artists, which became the Triangle Arts Trust.
In the 1980s Caro’s work changed direction with the introduction of more literal elements, with a series of figures drawn from classical Greece. In the early 2000s, his work featured nearly life-size equestrian figures built from fragments of wood and terra cotta on gymnast’s vaulting horses. Caro also collaborated with celebrated architects, notably Frank Gehry, with whom he constructed a wooden village New York in 1987. Since the 1950s, Caro’s work has been shown museums and galleries worldwide.