London, Sotheby’s, Sculpture and Sculptors’ Drawings from The Ingram Collection, 10 – 21 January 2011;
Chichester, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Ingram Loan Exhibition, March – April 2012;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Road to Abstraction, 21 May – 24 July 2016
D. Blume, Anthony Caro Catalogue Raisonne, Vol. I, 1981 (p. 248, no. 465)
Anthony Caro made his Writing Pieces in his studio in London. Critics have commented upon how Caro’s Writing Pieces resemble scaled-down models of his larger sculptures. Working rapidly to gain spontaneity, as in a drawing, he completed 33 Writing Pieces in 1978. He did not see these sculptures as maquettes, or smaller versions of larger works, but as sculptures in their own right. The smaller scale allowed him to work at a much faster pace without the help of assistants. The smaller scale invites viewers to observe the work closer up making it a more personal experience. He was also able to use a larger variety of materials in this series. Caro welded together industrial parts that often would drape over the edge of the sculpture’s stand. The different shapes come together, suggesting an object from life.