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Fanshoal, 1971-1972

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DESCRIPTION: (63" x 70" x 31") A welded assemblage of steel elements, Fanshoal derives its meaning from the relationship of lines, forms, and masses, and the interaction of empty spaces between them. Curved and sloping shapes contrast with pointed and squared elements and augment a sense of depth within the shallow space of the composition. The interconnecting pipes enhance the subtle matrix of horizontal and vertical lines. The yellow ochre paint unifies the composition and gives it a vibrant presence.
BIOGRAPHY: Born 1924. Anthony Caro studied sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Caro played a pivotal role in the development of 20th century sculpture. He came to public attention with a show at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1963, where he exhibited large abstract sculptures brightly painted and standing on the ground. This was a radical departure from the way sculpture had hitherto been seen and paved the way for future developments in 3-D art. Caro taught at St. Martins School of Art in London from 1953 to 1981. His innovative work and teaching led to a flowering and new confidence in sculpture worldwide. Caro works in steel, bronze, silver, lead, stoneware, wood and paper. Major exhibitions include retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Trajan Markets, Rome; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Tate Gallery, London; the National Gallery, London; and the Venice Biennale. He has been awarded many prizes, including the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture in Tokyo in 1992 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture in 1997. Caro holds honorary degrees from many universities in the United Kingdom, United States and Europe. He was knighted in 1987 and received the Order of Merit in May 2000.

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