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(BRITISH, 1924–2013)

Java, 1976
COR-TEN steel
65 x 33 x 86 inches
Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection, gift of Marjorie Wyman

Anthony Caro employs a broad vocabulary of forms including figures, massive welded and painted places, and architectural/sculptural combinations. He works directly with his materials, without preliminary sketches or maquettes. Java, a structure of rusted steel plates and slabs projecting from an off-center juncture, is enriched by inset masses of congealed slag. Used in this way, the mill waste makes a baroque contrast with the planar surfaces.

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Anthony Caro was born in London in 1924 and studied at the Royal Academy School from 1947 to 1952. He has been a key figure in the evolution of sculpture in the 20th century and is considered one of the most important British sculptors of his time. Caro was knighted for his achievements in 1987, and in 2000 he received the Order of Merit. He was awarded the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture in Tokyo in 1992 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center in 1997. Caro has exhibited extensively in museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; the Tate Britain, the Serpentine Gallery and the National Gallery, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Trajan Markets, Rome; the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Angers, France; and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon. His works are represented in numerous collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Museum & Gallery of Wales, Cardiff; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Tate Britain, London; the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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