Eastern

2007
Painted steel
244 x 214 x 176 cm
Edition of 1

Created from sheet steel that was bent, cut and welded to form a triumphant variety of shapes, Eastern creates a startling juxtaposition of angles and curves. Standing at over two metres, this work is at once imposing and inviting. The arches and bowls soften the exact edges and the overall effect of the work is one of warmth. Eastern is filled with hollows and hidden facets which create intricacy through a combination of simple forms. Eastern is an example of Caro revisiting an earlier work, with the same title from 1984. During this time, Caro was working on a series of pieces called the Vessel series, which took large ships’ buoys and marine yard scrap as its starting point. The buoys were sliced open to reveal the volume of the forms, a development on Caro’s earlier work using pots and other containers.

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About The Artist

Sir Anthony Caro is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest sculptors and renowned for introducing a radical departure from the way sculpture had hitherto been exhibited. Although he abandoned his earlier style which was highly figurative his work still retained a relationship to the figure through its gestural qualities and scale. Over the ensuing decades, Caro has developed and expanded what he called “the language of sculpture.” Caro worked in steel, comprising beams, girders and other industrial materials, which he frequently painted in bright primary colours. He also worked with other materials, including bronze, silver, lead, wood and paper.

Caro was obsessed with the immediate, real and physical presence of sculpture in relation to a viewer and making the 'sculpture more real. He wished to reverse conventional perspectives about materials, surface, scale, form and space, which he successfully accomplished by radically reworking heavy-weight and industrial materials. He changed the way we look at these materials, changing their symbolic relationship to industry and placing them in an art context. He also pioneered the removal of the plinth in art, by placing his work directly onto the ground, which became a proliferated and adopted aesthetic in contemporary sculpture.

Anthony Caro

Born: 1924

Other Artworks by Anthony Caro at CASS

1994

Goodwood Steps

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1991

The Tower of Discovery

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