Thursday, April 11, 2013

Midday by Anthony Caro (1960)

Welded steel as abstract modernism expresses an idiom in where surfaces of different structures make sculptures. This work of art is horizontally oriented, without plinths and plain painted surfaces that conceals the steel and creates structures that assembles a sculpture.

This piece is centrally located Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop garden, and it is of special interest that this piece can be incorporated his other sculptures. The piece shows constructive pieces of engineering. This sculpture is mentioned online between many of Mr. Caro’s followers as music.

At first, I didn't understand why music was a subject matter, but looking into some YouTube videos of what the viewer’s opinion, I found the connection. I imagine the opening of a music box that gives rise to the metal plates that is resembled as if they were leaving the sturdy ground connected part of the sculpture.

The laws of gravity are nullified and the components are leaving the sculpture to rise. It is know that this sculpture has no other meaning than solely metal plates leaving the sculpture, but I would still argue for a different context. 

Yellow Swing (1965)

The metal pieces leaving the foundation of the sculpture could represent notes that goes one in one with the atmosphere, and the yellow paint tone and the midday title, so in conclusion you can chop and cut in stone, wood and ivory, you can model in clay an wax, you can cast in various metals and alloys, but a curtain image isn't projected it would be hard to understand.

The time of the creation of this sculpture astonishes me, because it is a work of art that seems to be ahead of its time. The choice of material is crucial for the sculpture’s  artistic expression, and it has been throughout history with many different preferences, but especially this sculptor has influenced many British sculptors today like: Philip King and Richard Deacon.

Here are some of the other artist’s work…

Philip King, Quill, 1971

Richard Deacon, Like a Bird, 1984


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