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Happy on the shelf


My place in the history of British sculpture
Anthony Caro Artist
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[Q] Do you feel, in any meaningful way, part of a British art history?

No. No, no, no, absolutely not. I'm not interested in Britain as... in that respect. I'm interested in sculpture. I do belong to... you know, to a time that... that... and I was very comfortable when I went into the show of the '60s work at the Tate, even though it was, I thought, not truly what the '60s were about. But it... I was comfortable with all that work. I suppose I am part of that... that world, but I don't feel that matters. That... that was all... that's all in the past in a way. And I suppose I'd be interested certainly in... in the place in which I... in which I stand in terms of the history of sculpture in this country, yes. I mean I think there should be a big show – and I've suggested, you know, at Burlington Gardens – of British sculpture. But I would really hope that it's properly done and it's... it's fairly done, you know, and... and that would show sculpture from Epstein right up to... to the most modern things now that are being done. And I think I would... would take a part in it. I never think about these things, really.

British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro (1924-2013) came to prominence in 1963 after a show at the Whitechapel Gallery. Keen to create a more direct interaction with the viewer he placed pieces directly on the ground, rather than on plinths, a technique now widely used. He held many honorary degrees and was knighted in 1987.

Listeners: Tim Marlow

Tim Marlow is a writer, broadcaster and art historian. He founded "Tate: The Art Magazine" in 1993 and was presenter of Radio 4 arts programme "Kaleidoscope" from 1991 to 1998, for which he won a Sony Award. He has presented art programme's on BBC 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, including a documentary about JMW Turner, and written about art and culture for various British newspapers and magazines including "The Guardian", "The Times" and "Blueprint" He is Director of Exhibitions at the White Cube gallery in London as well as a visiting lecturer at Winchester School of Art, an examiner on the Sculpture MA there and former creative director of Sculpture at Goodwood

Tags: Tate, Burlington Gardens, Epstein

Duration: 1 minute, 55 seconds

Date story recorded: November 2005

Date story went live: 24 January 2008