For Sir Anthony Caro's first solo exhibition in Brussels, Galerie Daniel Templon is presenting a collection of the master
of contemporary sculpture's most recent work. An astonishing expression of creativity and energy, the series opens
up a new chapter in the 89-year-old artist’s work.
Born in 1924 and knighted by the Queen of England in 1987, Sir Anthony Caro has taken the norms and even the
definitions of sculpture in new directions. Throughout his long career, from his passionate pursuit of abstract art that
made him king of modernism in the 1960s, to his development of a more narrative line, the former student of Henry
Moore has kept up a constant dialogue between the arts, constantly experimenting with different materials.
What emerges in these works is the abstract sculptural vocabulary that brought the artist to fame. But these new
works are “haunted by the figure”, in the words of American art critic Karen Wilkin. Their verticality resolutely
seeks to explore figurative or even narrative associations: “Now that making sculpture abstract is no longer a hurdle, I
feel free to explore a breadth of possibilities,” says Caro in the Upright Sculptures catalogue, published in 2010.
Anthony Caro creates his sculptures from cast-off objects – a drinking trough, railway sleepers, a mooring post –
whose original purpose is thus forgotten. In rusted steel, cast iron and wood, compressed inside the vertical
structures that give them their name, the sculptures seem to be on the point of imploding. These works reflect
Anthony Caro’s quest to create sculptures “with no exterior”, where all the significance lies in the depth.
Following a major retrospective at Tate Britain in 2005, three major exhibitions dedicated to the artist were held in
France in 2008, in Angers, Dunkirk and Gravelines. Sir Anthony Caro’s work was featured at New York’s
Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. The summer of 2012 saw him in the spotlight in Great Britain, with installations
at Chatsworth House and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In 2013, he was the focus of a major exhibition by the Venice
Museo Correr during the Biennale. Sir Anthony Caro’s work is featured in major public art collections, including at
Paris’ Musée national d’art moderne, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, London’s British Museum and Tokyo’s
Museum of Contemporary Art.