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Anthony Caro’s Midday

I FIRST SAW Midday in Anthony Caro’s courtyard in the fall of 1961. Between the fall of 1959 and the late spring of 1961 I had been at Merton College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship; I couldn’t deal with Oxford and left without a degree. But I wasn’t ready to return to the U.S., and decided to spend one more year in England, living in London, supporting myself by odd teaching jobs, and studying philosophy at University College. While still an undergraduate at Princeton in the late ’50s I had written several trial art reviews for Hilton Kramer, then editor of Arts; and as luck would have it, in September 1959 Kramer was looking for a London correspondent. He offered me the job.

A month or so later I found myself sitting at a long table in a Soho restaurant across from a somewhat aggressive character in his mid 30s who identified himself as a sculptor and then asked me bluntly when I would

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