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Inside the Art Studio of Anthony Caro

A photograph of Anthony Caro working in his studio


Anthony Caro was an English sculptor who worked primarily with metal, using both fabricated pieces and industrial scrap to produce large-scale artworks. Though Caro got his start in modernist sculpture studying under Henry Moore in the 1950s, he quickly moved into producing his own abstract sculptures, for which he was lauded during his career. 


Caro’s sculpture studio was made for the production of large-scale works, like, perhaps, those of Richard Serra. The studio space looks almost spooky in this photo, with dark, shadowy lighting over the numerous jutting, jagged forms of scrap metal behind the artist and receding into the distance like strange trees or alien artefacts. The space is massive and cluttered -- I wonder if these pieces are sketches, mockups, prototypes, or simple scrap that would later be repurposed into full-scale artworks. 


The artist is working with another person in this photo, apparently focusing on the construction on the table in the foreground of the image. Though the space looks relatively deserted I can imagine it would have been quite loud on a daily basis, full of the sounds of sawing, hammering, and welding the metal into Caro’s signature geometric compositions. Later in his career, it’s likely that Caro would have employed assistants to help him build and plan his works.


Caro passed away in 2013 after a long and prolific career. The artist was knighted in 1987, and received numerous awards for his artwork during his lifetime. Caro’s works remain in both private and museum collections, as well as public spaces, around the world.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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