New York

Anthony Caro

Marlborough | Midtown

Anthony Caro has gone from Modernist purity to mythological narrative in his “Trojan War” sculptures. Most of the abstract figures, named after the larger-than-life yet all-too-human personages of Homer, have clay heads, as though to signal their vulnerability and mortality. Like Yorick’s skull, the heads seem to have been excavated from the grave, still fused with the earth in which they were buried. But unlike Yorick’s, which was tossed back after Hamlet scored philosophical points with it, Caro’s heads are mounted on abstract geometrical constructions that both suggest and function as pedestals, as though ready-made for the museum. In fact, these sculptures have the look of antiquarian curiosities—antiquarian both in the sense of an antiquarian Modernism and in their nostalgia for art that could still make monumental statements about transparently significant, world-historical matters.

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