20 Facts About Anthony Caro


Sir Anthony Alfred Caro was an English abstract sculptor whose work is characterised by assemblages of metal using 'found' industrial objects.


Anthony Caro's style was of the modernist school, having worked with Henry Moore early in his career.


Anthony Caro was lauded as the greatest British sculptor of his generation.


Anthony Caro was educated at Charterhouse School where his housemaster introduced him to Charles Wheeler.


Anthony Caro later earned a degree in engineering at Christ's College, Cambridge.


Anthony Caro encountered modernism when working as an assistant to Henry Moore in the 1950s.


Anthony Caro is often credited with the significant innovation of removing the sculpture from its plinth, although Smith and Brancusi had both previously taken steps in the same direction.


Anthony Caro's sculptures are usually self-supporting and sit directly on the floor.


In 1980 Anthony Caro was trying to organise an exhibition of British abstract art in South African townships when he met Robert Loder.


In 2008, Anthony Caro opened his "Chapel of Light" installation in the Saint Jean-Baptiste Church of Bourbourg, and exhibited four figurative head sculptures at the National Portrait Gallery, London.


Anthony Caro taught at Bennington College from 1963 to 1965, along with painter Jules Olitski and sculptor David Smith.


Anthony Caro collaborated with celebrated architects, notably Frank Gehry, with whom he constructed a wooden village New York in 1987.


Since the 1950s, Anthony Caro's work has been shown museums and galleries worldwide.


In 1967 Anthony Caro began exhibiting regularly with Kasmin in London, and in 1969, he began showing with Andre Emmerich in New York.


Anthony Caro was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1969 New Year Honours.


Anthony Caro was knighted in the 1987 Birthday Honours and received the Order of Merit in May 2000.


Anthony Caro was awarded many prizes, including the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture in Tokyo in 1992 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture in 1997.


Anthony Caro was 89 when he died of a heart attack on 23 October 2013.


Anthony Caro was lauded as a "gentle man with a pioneering spirit" by BBC arts editor Will Gompertz and "one of the greatest sculptors in the second half of the twentieth century" by Royal Academy of Arts chief executive Charles Saumarez Smith.


Anthony Caro is buried in the churchyard of Worth Matravers, Dorset.