Anthony Caro

Man of steel

By the time he died on Oct. 23 at age 89, the British sculptor Anthony Caro had long been recognized as one of the pivotal artists of the postwar era. But when his first welded-steel works began appearing in the early 1960s, people had no idea what to make of them. In fact, when art critic David Sylvester invited students from London's Royal College of Art to discuss Caro's blunt masterpiece Midday--three sheets of bent steel bolted upright to a diagonal steel base like a tilted table, all painted bright yellow--one answered that he couldn't, because it wasn't a work of...

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