Exhibition will trace the 60-year career of renowned British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro

Sir Anthony Caro, regarded as one of Britain’s most acclaimed sculptors with a career spanning more than 60 years, will be the focus of an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art this fall.

“Caro: Close Up” will feature more than 60 works by the artist, including early drawings — many of which have rarely or never been exhibited — and small-scale sculptures in a range of media dating from the 1950s to the present. The show is drawn almost entirely from Caro’s studio and family collections, with key loans from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the first major exhibition of Caro’s work to be held in an American museum since his retrospective at MoMA in 1975.

In conjunction with “Caro: Close Up,” the center will display modern and contemporary works from its permanent collection by artists whose practices either influenced or dramatically diverged from those of the sculptor and his peers.    

Considered to be a pivotal figure in the development of sculpture, Caro is represented in major museum collections around the world, and his work has been exhibited internationally.

The exhibition begins with Caro’s early figurative drawings and sculptures and traces his development as an abstract artist working in steel and his later incorporation of a wide range of materials in collage-like sculpture. “The exhibition reveals how he grappled with problems of scale and display without returning to old conventions,” according to the organizers.

“Caro: Close Up” has been curated by Julius Bryant, keeper of word and image at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in collaboration with Caro. Martina Droth, head of research and curator of sculpture, is the organizing curator at the Yale Center for British Art.

The exhibition will be on view Oct. 18-Dec. 30. The Yale Center for British Art is located at 1080 Chapel St. Admission is free. For museum hours and directions, visit the Yale Center for British Art website or call 203-432-2800.


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