Without doubt the most important piece in this year’s exhibition has been Aurora by Sir Anthony Caro who is widely regarded as the most significant living sculptor in the world. Caro, in his mid 80’s is still extraordinarily dynamic, having a solo exhibition on the roof of the Met in New York this year of his recent (and on-going) upright series, the first of which we exhibited last year Erl King.
Sir Anthony says of Aurora, “The work went through many stages to finally achieve what I wanted. A challenge to resolve a problem. Aurora was painted red to identify it as a sculpture and to lift its emotional impact.”
Sir Anthony Caro OM, aurora, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2011. Photo Clyde Yee.
Sasha Grishin, writing in the Canberra Times said of Aurora; "The huge Anthony Caro, Aurora 2005, is the exhibition's show stopper which works when seen from all angles and asserts its dominating presence."
It is a privilege to exhibit Sir Anthony in our exhibitions and we would like to thank both him and his team at Barford Studios for being so enthusiastic for our exhibitions. Thanks also to Eventscorp WA who funded the exhibition of Aurora which we first exhibited this year at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in Perth in March.