Sir Anthony CaroNight Movements 1987-90

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Sir Anthony Caro (1924‑2013)
Night Movements
Date 1987-90
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 2760 x 10770 x 3350 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Kreitman Foundation 1994
Not on display


Night Movements is a large work that encapsulates the principal technical and conceptual developments of Anthony Caro's work in the 1980s. During this period Caro's use of materials new to his practice stimulated a significant extension of his sculptural vocabulary. As he explored the formal possibilities of such materials as brass, silver, ceramic and paper a new fluidity began to emerge in his monumental steel works. The large sweeping shapes of Night Movements, which belie the actual intransigence of the steel, demonstrate this new direction in his work.

Night Movements was Caro's first multi-part sculpture in twenty-six years, the only previous example being The Horse 1961. It comprises four free-standing units, created from boiler cases, bollards, propellers and other pieces of maritime ephemera Caro found in the scrapyards of Chatham and Portsmouth. These bits of metal have been bent, buckled and twisted before being welded together to articulate space and create rhythm and movement. The relative positions of the units are determined by the use of a template supplied by the artist. Although each section of the sculpture has a distinct character, they remain related to one another in terms of colour, technique, scale and formal language… (read more)

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