Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jill Krementz Photojournal: Anthony Caro on the Roof

Detail of After Summer, 1968 (painted steel), at the entrance to the Cantor Roof Garden.
Anthony Caro on the Roof
Metropolitan Museum
April 26-October 30, 2011 (weather permitting)


Anthony Caro (b.1924) is considered the most influential and prolific British sculptor of his generation and a key figure in the development of modernist sculpture over the last 60 years.

A sure sign of spring is the opening of the Met's sculpture garden, situated on the 8,000 square-foot-space overlooking Central Park. On view this year is an installation of five sculptures, painted and unpainted, spanning and highlighting principal aspects of Caro's long career.

Curated by Gary Tinterow, with the assistance of Anne Strauss, it is the third exhibition to feature this artist among the fourteen that have been presented on the roof space.

On hand for the opening were Caro's gallerist, Lucy Mitchell-Innes, the Met's Director, Thomas Campbell, as well as invited guests and friends of the artist.
Anthony Caro. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first exhibition of steel sculptures by the artist who now lives and works in London.

Caro studied sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in London and then worked as an assistant to Henry Moore in the early 1950s. After his first visit to the United States in 1959, when he became acquainted with the work of painter Kenneth Noland and sculptor David Smith, he moved away from figurative art completely.
Sir Anthony Caro and Gary Tinterow. Mr. Tinterow welcomed guests saying that "apart from the elegance and wit of Sir Anthony's work, it was the human scale of Caro’s sculpture that made it distinctive."

Sir Anthony said what a pleasure it was to be back at the Met and that he was looking forward to returning at this time next year when his work would be displayed along the medians of Park Avenue. The installation will be a single work in three sections. Will Ryman's roses are presently on display.
“New Yorkers have an exceptional appreciation of art, and I am so happy to have my work on view here.”

Rapt listeners: Emily Rafferty, president of the Met, is in pink jacket. To the left of Emily is Karen Wilkin, the art critic (New Criterion) and specialist of Caro’s work. The tall blond woman dressed in grey with sunglasses is Diane Fisher of Fisher-Pei.
After Summer
1968
Painted steel
Odalisque
1984
Steel
Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The woman in the short brown leather jacket on the left hand side of the photograph is the artist's wife, Lady Caro.
Blazon
1987-90
Steel painted red
End Up
2110
Steel rusted, cast iron, and jarrah wood
Midday
1969
Painted steel

Sitting on the bench in the background is Ashley Robinson who works at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Ms. Robinson is the capable assistant to Lucy Mitchell-Innes and David Nash.
The fog was rolling in on little cat feet reminding one more of the set of a Wagnerian Opera than of Central Park.
Sir Anthony Caro with his art dealer, Lucy Mitchell-Innes.

Lucy Mitchell-Innes, co-owner of the Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery with her husband David Nash, has always had a close relationship with Caro as it was Anthony Caro who gave Mitchell-Innes her first job, as a research assistant on the Anthony Caro Catalogue Raisonné. With its first volume published in 1981, the Caro Catalogue Raisonné now exists in 13 volumes.

Ms. Innes has been representing the artist since 2002.
Met's Thomas Campbell and Gary Tinterow. Sir Anthony talking to decorator Geoffrey Bradfield, in the foreground, and Roric Tobin to the right of Mr. Bradfield.
Collector Hubert Neumann, who was gearing up for upcoming spring auction week at Sotheby's, Christie's, Swann, and dePury. "All the catalogues are out but you can't really see what things look like in the catalogues. You've got to go and see for yourself." Jason Kaufman and Jan Rothchild. Mr. Kaufman is an art critic who writes regularly for The Washington Post. Ms. Rothchild is Vice President, Communications and External Affairs for Sotheby's Institute of Art.
Anne Strauss, assistant curator of the Caro exhibition, with her daughter Eleanor, a student at Trinity School.
Ilaria Dagnini Brey is the author of a book, The Venus Fixers, originally published by FSG and now available in paperback (Picador). It is the story of the allied officers who tried to protect the monuments of Italy during WWII. Carter Brey has been the Principal Cellist with the New York Philharmonic since 1996.
Fashion icon Frank Stella sporting the layered look. Mr. Stella's sculpture was featured on the Met's roof garden in 2007.
Lucy Mitchell-Innes. Christopher Gardner, left, an antiques dealer. Sylvain Bellenger, French curator, right.
The Met's Sabine Rewald has recently curated an exquisitely beautiful exhibition: Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century, which is on view at the museum and is not be missed. David Nash who, with his wife, Lucy Mitchell-Innes runs the gallery, Mitchell-Innes & Nash.
David Nash and Sabine Rewald.
Caro in front of Odalisque, 1984. Roberta Crown, who is a painter, talks to Sir Anthony. They have known each other since the late 80s
Gallerist Leslie Feely whose Fine Art Gallery is at 33 East 68th Street. Up next:

Atget and Contemporary Photography opening on May 5th. The exhibition explores the affinities and influences that Atget continues to have on a selection of today's leading photographers, including the Bechers, Christenberry, Crewdson, Eggleston, Friedlander, Shore, and Soth. Spanning nearly a century, these comparisons reveal how much Atget's work has become an inherent part of photography itself.
Carter and Ilaria Brey. The sky grew darker, the winds began to blow, and guests moved downstairs to a reception in the Met's great hall.
Sir Anthony and Lady Caro. At the end of the evening drinks were served in the great hall. As I was leaving I asked Sir Anthony if I might take one photograph of him with his wife. He replied, very emphatically, "She's NOT my wife. She's my girlfriend!"
Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz
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