David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto
Private collection, Toronto
Dieter Blume, Anthony Caro, Catalogue Raisonné, Volume II, p130, cat no.537, illus b/w
DescriptionIn 1966, already acknowledged as a highly original abstract sculptor, Anthony Caro ventured into a new area of work in the form of table sculptures. These unique small scale sculptures were from the inception considered as works of art in their own right, and not maquettes or diminshed versions of larger works.
Caro's Table Piece and similarly titled Writing Piece sculptures were conceived as abstract compositions. They were constructed from found objects, often tool parts, and were intentionally kept to a human scale. In the early seventies these works became increasingly innovative when the artist extended various elements of the sculpture away from the supporting surface, reaching into the surrounding space. This extension of the sculptures into the real world, and the mediating charcter of the table-like surface became a platform for new expressive opportunities, reflected in their allusory titles 'Tiger', 'Portland', 'Turn Again', 'Bells'.
The Tate Collection has two closely comparable works: The recently acquired
Writing Piece 'Other', 1970 and Table Piece CCLXVI, 1975