Gouk on Steel

To all my blog readers I would like to recommend the two articles by Alan Gouk on sculpture in steel recently featured on abstract critical—especially the first one, though part 2 has its interest. Thanks to Gouk I have discovered William Tucker’s great book The Language of Sculpture, a very distinguished example of an artist’s ruminations on work that has inspired his own career—also highly recommended. In fact, I would rank Tucker’s book as among the very best of its type, up with Smithson’s Collected Writings and Stella’s Working Space. So now I’m looking at a lot of abstract sculpture. Gouk’s analysis of Caro’s career is pretty insightful, and explains well why succeeding generations have departed from his example, but I find I like Caro all the more. The suggestion that this piece is in dialogue with the paintings of Olitski gives entirely new dimensions to Caro’s famous pictorialism.

Anthony Caro, Tundra 1975

Anthony Caro, Tundra 1975

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