After Henry Moore, Anthony Caro is probably the most widely known and respected British sculptor working today. The quality of his work is currently being brought into focus by a major Arts Council retrospective exhibition, covering the years from 1969 to 1984, which will be shown at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester from June 9 – July 28, having received its first showing in London.
As a compliment to this exhibition, the Castlefield Gallery will be bringing to Manchester a selection of the small table sculptures which have been a part of Caro’s work since the late sixties. These are executed in a variety of materials – steel, bronze and a combination of lead and wood – and reflect Caro’s sensitivity to the distinct qualities of each material. The table pieces are not studies or maquettes but sculptures that occupy and involve a more intimate space.
To accompany them, we are exhibiting twelve landscape drawings in ink. Caro’s drawing is very seldom shown – perhaps because he makes no preparatory drawing for his sculptures, preferring to work directly with the material involved. When asked recently whether he still draws, he replied; “Yes but mainly when I go on holidays or something of that sort. I do draw, but I don’t draw for sculpture, I draw for fun.”
Press View: Friday June 8th from 4pm
Preview: Friday June 8th 6.30 – 8.30pm