09/03/2023 - 10/09/2023

Late C20th-Early C21st - Sculpture

Anthony Caro (1924-2013) - The Inspiration of Architecture

“There is something radical, strange and enigmatic about [Caro’s] heavy works, and in the setting of architect Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor in west London, they simultaneously shine, intrigue and bear down on the building.”

Edwin Heathcote - Financial Times

Caro heralded a revolution in sculpture in the 1960s, redefining what sculpture was and what it could be. His abstract constructions in painted steel overturned conventional ideas about materials, methods, surface, scale and space. Architecture was an important source of his inspiration, which he described as “perhaps the purest abstract visual form.”   

The exhibition will focus on the resurgence and development of architectural themes within Caro’s sculpture, comprising 16 key works created between 1983–2013. The pieces explore contained space and its relation to the human figure; architectural features such as passages, doors and steps in the form of sculpture; the use of specific materials – notably Caro’s use of coloured Perspex, which echoes Soane’s use of stained glass, as well as steel, wood, concrete, stoneware and brass; and the relationship between exterior and interior areas. 

Tickets: £9.00 (Concession: £4.50 )


Ealing Mattock Lane, W5 5EQ