MEDIA RELEASE 28 March 2012
Sir Anthony Caro’s steel sculptures at Canary Wharf
Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf, London
12 March to 25 May 2012
Canary Wharf unveils the latest addition to its award-winning Public Art programme: a new exhibition from one of Britain’s leading sculptors, Sir Anthony Caro.
Populating Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park from 12 March – 25 May 2012, these majestic sculptures include some of the most innovative pieces from Caro’s highly-acclaimed collection of works in steel and cast iron made between 1973 and 2010. This extraordinary exhibition shows a variety of pieces ranging from the intimate to the monumental, and features ‘Eastern’, ‘Equator’, ‘Belt’, ‘Time Up’, ‘Saint George and the Dragon’, ‘Fossil Flats’ and ’Overtime Flat’. Caro’s creativity and imagination for originality is unrivalled, and this exhibition is sure to attract not only passing workers, visitors and residents but keen art enthusiasts from further afield.
Designed by Belgian architects Jacques and Peter Wirtz, Jubilee Park is a magnificent roof garden that lies directly above the Jubilee Line underground station. Just one of Canary Wharf’s myriad green spaces, the park consists of a series of raised ponds, small fountains, undulating lawns and winding walkways: an ideal space for sculpture and a popular lunch-time spot. This current Sir Anthony Caro exhibition marks the beginning of a landmark year for Canary Wharf’s Public Art programme, which features sculptors Judith Cowan and Edward Allington RA and ceramicist Carol McNicholl among others.
Sally Williams, Public Art Consultant at Canary Wharf Group comments: “Sir Anthony Caro is one of the most influential sculptors of the twentieth century and this exhibition of some of his finest work is a great addition to our programme. As the international spotlight falls on east London this summer, Canary Wharf is proud to offer some of the Capital’s best art and culture.”
EVENT: Exhibition tour on Tuesday 17 April, 1.15 – 2pm
Curator Ann Elliott introduces Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, who is an authority on Anthony Caro. Those wishing to attend, please RVSP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony Caro in Jubilee Park
12 March – 25 May 2012
Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf, London
For further information, please contact:
Clarissa Knox/Rosie Kempson
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About Sir Anthony Caro
Sir Anthony Caro (born 1924) played a pivotal role in the development of twentieth century sculpture. After studying sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in London, he worked as assistant to Henry Moore. He came to public attention with a show at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1963, where he exhibited large abstract sculptures brightly painted and standing directly on the ground so that they engaged the spectator on a one-to-one basis. This was a radical departure from the way sculpture had hitherto been seen and paved the way for future developments in three-dimensional art. Caro’s teaching at St Martin’s School of Art in London (1953-1981) was very influential. His questioning approach opened up new possibilities, both formally and with regard to subject matter. His innovative work as well as his teaching led to a flowering and a new confidence in sculpture worldwide.
Caro often works in steel, but also in a diverse range of other materials, including bronze, silver, lead, stoneware, wood and paper. Major exhibitions include retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1975), the Trajan Markets, Rome (1992), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1995), Tate Britain, London (2005), and three museums in Pas-de-Calais, France (2008), to accompany the opening of his Chapel of Light at Bourbourg. He has been awarded many prizes, including the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture in Tokyo in 1992 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture in 1997. He holds many honorary degrees from universities in the UK, USA and Europe. He was knighted in 1987 and received the Order of Merit in May 2000.
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.
Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year.
20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.
Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme
Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and year-round exhibitions by leading artists, all free to view.
In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, beating entries from around the world.
Canary Wharf’s permanent collection now numbers over 60 works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. Among these are a lighting installation by Martin Richman, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw and photographic lightboxes by Catherine Yass. An illustrated Art Map is available showing the locations for the works of art found throughout the Estate.
The ‘Sculpture in the Workplace’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park has just celebrated its 10th anniversary with the publication of ‘Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions’. Curated for CWG by Ann Elliott, the programme during that period has shown over 50 exhibitions in which 132 artists have participated, from internationally known sculptors such as Lynn Chadwick; Phillip King CBE PPRA, Dan Graham and Franz West; Royal Academicians Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine, David Nash; and Wendy Taylor CBE to younger artists at the start of their careers. The exhibits have included sculpture in traditional media like bronze and stone, to digital media.