Exhibition catalogue, Upright sculptures, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, 2010
Interview with Tim Marlow
Editions Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris / Annely Juda Fine Art, London / Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, 2010
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Galerie Daniel Templon is delighted to be exhibiting a collection of the artist’s most recent works, Upright Sculptures. They reflect the influence on his work of the remarkable achievement that is the Chapel of Light. An astonishing expression of creativity and energy, the series opens up a new chapter in the way the 86-year-old artist works.
What emerges is the power of the abstract sculptural vocabulary that brought the artist to fame. But these new works are “haunted by the figure” as observed by American art critic Karen Wilkin on a visit to his workshop. Their verticality resolutely seeks to explore figurative or even narrative associations : “Now that making sculpture abstract is no longer a hurdle, I feel free to explore a breadth of possibilities,” explains the artist.
After the spatial restrictions of a commission, Anthony Caro focuses on the sculpture’s dimension as object. He incorporates cast—off objects into the Upright Sculptures — drinking trough, rail sleepers, mooring post — whose original purpose is thus forgotten. In rusted steel, cast iron and wood, compressed inside the vertical structures that give them their name, the sculptures seem to be on the point of imploding. These works reflect Anthony Caro’s quest to create sculptures “with no exterior”, where all the significance lies in the depth.
His three galleries have teamed up to propose three successive exhibitions which explore the extraordinary collection of forty-three sculptures produced over the last eighteen months: Annely Juda Fine Art in London, Daniel Templon in Paris and Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York. This partnership has resulted in a 130-page catalogue dedicated to Upright Sculptures, available at Galerie Templon.