Anthony Caro b. 1924
T01151 PIECE LXXXII 1969
Forged steel with found steel elements, painted, 17½×47½×57½ (44.5×120.5×146).
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1969.
One of a series of table sculptures that the artist has been making since the summer of 1966. The table is not to be thought of as an element isolating the work from the viewer's world and giving it a symbolic space like a conventional pedestal, but as providing a physical plane to which it relates in terms of scale and disposition just as his large sculptures relate to the floor.
The artist wrote (20 January 1970): ‘My Table Pieces are not models inhabiting a pretence world, but relate to a person like a cup or a jug. Since the edge is basic to the table all the Table Pieces make use of this edge which itself becomes an integral element of the Piece’
The Tate Gallery 1968-70, London 1970