Comments on: Anthony Caro at Gagosian: some problems of sculpture http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Sam http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-205810 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:28:04 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-205810 Hi David, Are you referring to sixties Caro; or does his best work extend further into his career? And do you think that his best work is immune from theories such as Robin’s?; that perhaps it can only be challenged by sculpture not words?

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-203993 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:51:24 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-203993 Been there, done that, where were you?

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By: david evison http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-203910 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:32:52 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-203910 You really should use Caros best work as examples of your theories, and not these fakes on show at Kings Cross.

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-193784 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:02:39 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-193784 Are we talking about “Commie Red”, Peter? If so, I’m not at all sure, judging purely from your array of photos, that it would escape from what I describe in this essay as the literal three-dimensionality of commonplace objects, since despite its surrealist wackyness, it would appear to be basically a tripod arrangement with some other object-like things flying about the top. That’s my guess, but judging sculpture from photos is rather reckless.

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-193028 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:55:27 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-193028 Robert,
I think – I hope – it is in my work; at least, my new work, which will appear in Brancaster Chronicles and on abcrit in September. There may well be other indications too, from Anthony Smart and Mark Skilton. It is definitely not fantasy any longer, though we (especially Tony Smart and I) have been talking about it for a long time. And I wouldn’t crit Caro so hard if I hadn’t already lacerated my own work with self-criticism, and wasn’t confident that I’d begun to answer some of those questions.

No restrictions… I’ve given my reasons at the beginning of the essay.

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By: Robert Linsley http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-193018 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:37:41 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-193018 Robin, the pictorial is what I always liked about Caro’s works, along with the many associations, the “figurative” aspect that you are so sensitive to. So what you are saying is a challenge to me and very much appreciated as such. Am I missing a whole dimension? If so I want to have it.

But…there must be something out there that gave you the clue. You have to show me, not just talk about it. And it has to be in your own work. If not then I fear it may be nothing at all.

No matter how it’s made, any sculpture still has to be looked at, and can only be looked at, so how can it be anything more than a succession of views? And if so, then why shouldn’t those views be restricted in number? The restriction makes clear what it is.

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-192941 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:28:08 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-192941 In the abstractcritical Newsletter, 10.7.13, Sam introduces the two Caro essays posted today and contrasts my “formal critique” with David Sweets interpretation of the work as a metaphor for the “industrial city”.

So which essay is this example from? “…the convex and concave surfaces of the large curved plates open and close onto the turbulence routed through the work’s centre, tilting towards or away from the flow.” David Sweet’s, of course, and you would be hard-pressed to find as distinctly formalist an offering in my essay. In fact, when I do use that kind of language, it’s almost always to point out shortcomings. What’s more, I would link formalism quite strongly to abstract sculpture’s quest for “objecthood”, the very thing I am criticising here.

It seems no matter how many times I repeat my distaste, the old duality reasserts itself; i.e. because I won’t talk about metaphorical/allegorical/subjective stuff, therefore I can only be a formalist. Well, I’m not. Not in my writing, not in my sculpture. If I aspire to any label at all, it’s “realist”, though I admit to having some way to go yet before I can merit Monsieur Courbet’s marker.

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-192870 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:06:40 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-192870 A return to minimalism is most definitely not the answer. This would be a return to ‘objecthood’ at it’s most brain-numbingly literal.

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By: Peter Reginato http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-192865 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:57:40 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-192865 I thought some of the pieces looked like Tonys best work to date. Im not sure if Im getting your point on the 3d issue but Ive noticed with my own work its very subjective what works or looks best to the point that any group show Im in my piece is ALWAYS shown from the back….but not to talk about myself to much I do agree the “Shadows” pieces looks the weakest .Back to 3D the only answer is to do what the Minimalist did but its really a cop out in the sense of resolving one issue but being left with an academic answer to the problem.BTW I like your new work but Im a little surprised by the issues your having with Tony’s ? Heres a piece of mine on Facebook that I think works in the round but Im always surprised by what views get the “Likes” ….Peter
https://www.facebook.com/peter.reginato/media_set?set=a.10152724331230324.1073741868.563695323&type=3imghttps://www.facebook.com/peter.reginato/media_set?set=a.10152724331230324.1073741868.563695323&type=3/img

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/anthony-caro-at-gagosian-some-problems-of-sculpture/#comment-192837 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:46:05 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7167#comment-192837 What, his, you mean? I’ll have a word with Her Maj, see if we can get it rescinded.

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