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It's Getting Clearer

Post #1674 • April 7, 2014, 8:03 AM

[Image: Sir Anthony Caro, Early One Morning, 1962, painted steel and aluminium, presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1965, © Anthony Caro/Barford Sculptures Ltd, ]

Sir Anthony Caro, Early One Morning, 1962, painted steel and aluminium, presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1965, © Anthony Caro/Barford Sculptures Ltd, source

Karen Wilkin remembers Anthony Caro.

Especially after everyone's favorite toy, the miniature fork lift, became part of the studio equipment, large pieces of steel would be dangled in midair against an evolving work, to test where they might take their places. No. I don't like that at all. Take it away,; Tony would say. He always reacted quickly, trusting his unmediated intuition about what he was doing. The most encouraging thing you'd hear was It's getting clearer. But reaching that state of perfect clarity—a process Tony called taking away everything that isn't necessary to the sculpture—could take a very long time. Hence the sculptures with dates stretching over years.

Later: When I'm in the studio, I always feel fine.

Hat tip to Carol Sutton.

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