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Royal Academy Schools


'I want to continue looking forward until I die'
Anthony Caro Artist
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[Q] When you look back at works that you've made though over the last few decades, did they feel things that seem very remote to you now? Do... do they all... can you almost not relate to having created them?

They mean nothing to me. They... it's... the past means nothing to me. Don't let's... I mean, you know, I remember early on saying, ‘I never want... I never want to make an abstract sculpture; I always want to make a figurative sculpture because I... because I believe in people and believe in that’. And... and, you know, that's why the show at the Tate where I'm showing old things, it was a bit of a shock to see some of these coloured sculptures which I haven't done for so long and that would say something to me perhaps. But they're not really you... they're not really me. What's really me is what I'm making today and what I'm going to make on Monday, what I'm starting to do on Monday, say. That's interesting. The past is not interesting, particularly. Not for me, it's not. And then I think it's... it’s not quite true of one's life because obviously, you know, you've got your family and all that stuff, and I've lived in this house for ever – for fifty years or something. But I've really... I really... I really want to look forward. I really want to look forward, and I want to continue looking forward until I die.

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

Duration: 1 minute, 26 seconds

Date story recorded: November 2005

Date story went live: 24 January 2008