Goodwood Steps

1994
Steel
300 x 320 x 600 cm
Edition of 1

Goodwood Steps is part of a series of works made by Caro that demonstrate his interest in the dialogue between architecture and sculpture. “Goodwood Steps started from a work that I made indoors in Halifax, Yorkshire, and whilst working on this piece I realised that it would be quite different from the Halifax work, which was a sculpture inside a room with a stone floor. Although it was an open form, it was very enclosed within the room.” This desire to give the form more breathing space greatly informed Caro’s interest in making Goodwood Steps for outdoors. Caro was fascinated with the architectural implications of the project, which he believed created a very different relation to it's viewer and the environment from which sculpture is normally perceived. He believed the mechanical elements of the sculpture worked in opposition to the majestic view of the landscape, unlike Moore whose mechanical elements worked often as a reminder, rather than a contrast to the landscape; "much in the way that the mechanical shape of a windmill brings a human dimension to the land” said Caro whilst he was working on Goodwood Steps. Caro made several editions of these ‘steps’ sculptures, including the Halifax Steps and the Millbank Steps.

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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

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