A monumental work by Sir Anthony Caro, described by the Director of Tate Britain Stephen Deuchar, as Britains most celebrated living sculptor, will be offered in the 20th Century British Art sale on the 9th March at Bonhams
, New Bond Street. Caros work is currently taking centre stage at the Royal Academy of Arts Modern British Sculpture Exhibition in London.
Conceived in 1976, the five metre, rusted and varnished steel sculpture entitled Lagoon is estimated to sell for £100,000 150,000. Caro is regarded as an artist who constantly pushes the boundaries of sculpture and throughout his career has endeavoured to create work that is truly abstract, without reference to anything else but itself. Through this exploration, Caro brought sculpture down to ground level by removing the traditional plinth. His sculptures are highly conceptual and as Deuchar has put it, Caro effectively reinvented the language [of sculpture] itself.
Caros sculptures are usually self supporting and sit directly on the floor and in doing so the barrier between the work and the viewer is removed.Lagoon is typical of Caros work in the 1970s, where the viewer is invited to approach and interact with the sculpture from all sides. Having moved away from figurative sculpture to abstraction in the 1960s, Lagoon clearly addresses issues of space, mass, scale, plane and materiality that lie at the heart of Caro's art.
Matthew Bradbury, Director of the 20th Century British Art department comments: Lagoon' is a monumental work in steel, which can only really be fully appreciated when standing in front of it. Originally intended to stand out of doors in a parkland landscape this sculpture impresses in either an urban or rural environment. Among the largest pieces by Caro to be offered at auction the sale of 'Lagoon' is a rare opportunity to acquire a work by him on a vast scale.
Other works of interest include six striking sculptures by Dame Elisabeth Frink, another important artist in the history of modern British sculpture. A bronze horse conceived in 1972 that is estimated to sell for £200,000 - £300,000 and a second, standing horse conceived in 1979 and estimated to sell for £60,000 80,000 both illustrate Frinks skill of modelling and then carving the plaster maquette, before casting in bronze. Further works by Frink include:
Standard Conceived in 1965 and cast as an edition of three, estimated £60,000 90,000
Walking Baboon Conceived in 1989 and cast as an edition of nine, estimated £40,000-60,000
Small figure with goggles Conceived in 1967 and cast as an edition of six, estimated £25,000-35,000
Small Soldier Head estimate £10,000-15,000