Sculpture: The Girder Look

A major preoccupation of modern sculptors has been, in effect, beating Rodin shapeless. The nude ballooned and blimped at the hands of Gaston Lachaise; man shrank under the chisel of Giacometti as if roasted overnight; Henry Moore punched holes through their stomachs. The products were monumental, surrealistic, but withal still related to the human figure. Somebody was bound to get tired of doing it.

Such a fellow is Britain's Anthony Caro, 42, whose works suggest an explosion in a boiler factory. His Month of May, a star attraction at London's current sculpture...