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 exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield explores how Caro incorporated architectural features into his work, from the large-scale painted steel sculptures made in the 1960s to his final pieces created using large sheets of perspex. There is also a display of wearable jewellery that highlights Caro's methods at an intimate scale.
The show is complemented by a second exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which focuses on Caro's transition from painter to sculptor; 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.