Caro in Yorkshire
18 July – 1 November 2015
Free to all
A summer-long celebration of pioneering artist Antony Caro, staged simultaneously at venues across the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle.
Starting out as an assistant to Henry Moore in the 1950s, by the time of his death in 2013 Caro was publicly lauded as ‘the greatest sculptor of his generation’. He became known for his modernist abstract metal assemblages made from found industrial objects, which he later developed into large-scale ‘sculpitecture’ – such as the design for London’s Millennium Footbridge.
This major exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park charts Caro's transition from painter to sculptor, presenting his early sketches and figurative portraits alongside the three dimensional pieces he made in the years after 1959. It was a career-defining trip to the United States – where he was introduced to the work of David Smith, Jules Olitski and Kenneth Noland – that prompted Caro to ditch the figurative in favour of welded steel sculptures which were exhibited on the ground. It also features the perspex creations he made in the final years of his life.
The show is complemented by a second exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield focusing on the use of architectural features within Caro's work; together they combine 80 works spanning 60 years of his practice. Open-air displays can also be seen outside Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute in the city centre.
The project has been conceived in collaboration with the artist’s family and studio, including Caro’s wife, Sheila Girling, in the months before her death in February.