Twisting, curving, sculptural abstractions made from steel.
If you look through the rooflights of the 4th floor gallery of the Annely Juda Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair, you can make out the silhouette of the crane which lifts art from the street below and drops it (carefully) into the gallery below; they definitely needed it for the great British artist Anthony Caro’s steel and perspex sculptures in the current exhibition ‘Seven Decades’.
Caro (1924-2013) tells a story that when, in New York in the 1960′s, he felt he needed to ‘do something different’, the art critic Clement Greenberg told him ‘If you want to change your art, change your habits’, after which he went down to the docks and bought some steel. The rest, as they say, is history and, from the 1990′s, Caro also started to experiment by including found objects and then including other materials from bronze to stone to coloured Perspex.
Spanning the 70 years of Caro’s career, the exhibition also includes fascinating drawings and sketches linked directly to some of his early works.