PRINT Summer 1972

An Interview with Anthony Caro

ARE THE INTENTIONS OF YOUR figurative sculptures related to your recent work?

My figurative sculptures were to do with what it’s like to be inside the body. That means, what it’s like to be sitting in this chair, or lying down flat, how it feels to smile. For example, when you’re lying down, you feel heavy; your weight causes you to feel flattened and pressed down. The figurative sculptures were about this sort of thing. But all sculpture in some way has to do with the body. For instance, my sculptures now are partly dependent upon the spectator’s height from the floor when he is standing up: on his vertical stance, his consciousness of flat ground. Sculptors and architects are necessarily conscious of the body—it’s very important. I’ve never wanted to take sculpture right out of reality into the realm of illusion, out of thingness, weight or physicality. I don’t necessarily want to

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