Anthony Caro Chatsworth Retrospective Plans Revealed

Accompanying programme announced for Anthony Caro’s major exhibition of sculpture at Chatsworth House

Plans were announced today for a series of three associated exhibitions of work by Anthony Caro – considered by many to be Britain’s greatest living sculptor – to coincide with Caro at Chatsworth, a major exhibition of outdoor works by Anthony Caro, in the garden of Chatsworth House, from 28 March – 1 July 2012. 

These accompanying exhibitions include: a show of bronze sculptures from the House series at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which have never been seen before, (16 March – 1 July 2012); Anthony Caro: Reliefs and Standing Sculptures, at Roche Court New Art Centre featuring brand new works cast in coloured resin (21 April – 24 June 2012); and the installation of Caro’s work Woman Waking Up (1956), on loan from the Arts Council Collection, as part of The Hepworth Wakefield’s new collection display focusing on post-war British art (May 2012). 

Caro at Chatsworth  the first ever show devoted to a single artist at Chatsworth – provides the chance to see the larger work of Anthony Caro in one of Britain’s most famous historic settings. All the sculptures in the exhibition have been lent by the artist and reflect his major concerns over the past four decades.  Early examples of Caro’s steel sculptures painted in blue, orange and green are shown alongside examples from the renowned ‘Flats’ series of sculptures made in Canada in rusted and varnished steel in the 1970s.  More recent works from the 1990s reflect Caro’s continual experimentation with the surface, form and structure of steel. Sited immediately in front of the south lawn and the Seahorse Fountain will be the monumental ‘Goodwood Steps’, with its series of ziggurats echoing the architecture of Chatsworth House itself.

Anthony Caro was born in 1924. He studied sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in London and came to public attention with a pioneering solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1963, which established his pivotal role in the development of twentieth century sculpture.  Caro has since shown his work in exhibitions across the world and is represented in the major international collections of contemporary art.  Most recently he has had solo exhibitions at Tate and on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. As well as Caro at Chatsworth, he has major projects destined for New York and Venice, his indefatigable energy and creativity showing no signs of slowing down. In 2000 he received the Order of Merit, the only sculptor besides Henry Moore to receive such an honour in the last century. 

Visit Caro at Chatsworth 28 March – 1 July 2012 (Chatsworth. Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP)

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