Monday, January 06, 2014

Unexpected and delightful encounter

Yesterday we went to Tate Britain, which was most pleasantly quiet, and in wandering around various refurbished areas I glimpsed what I initially thought was a Thomas Houseago sculpture, but no, it was Witness by Sir Anthony Caro: a wondrous piece (image below from here).
It was in one of the interesting displays which they have around the building.  I was delighted to see this glorious piece as although I am a huge fan of Caro's work, I have seen very few of his largely ceramic figures done in collaboration with Hans Spinner, and certainly nothing as large as this beautiful one.  Now of course I want to see more.


  1. So do I. This is absolutely stunning, and I must remember to look out for it when I next visit Tate Britain.

  2. Eirene, I should have recognised Witness straightway, because I have a marvellous book entitled Anthony Caro: Figurative and Narrative Sculpture in which it features. However, I have not looked at the book for some time.
    Caro made groups of sculptures using clay and metal. I have seen The Last Judgement but very much would like to see The Trojan War pieces and The Barbarians.

  3. This is fascinating and I will follow up both the book and the link. You remind me I must go to Tate Britain again. I haven't been for some time.

  4. I keep coming back to your blog Olga, just to have another look at Witness: it's so expressive - I don't have the words for it. It's great with the ipad because I can enlarge and look at detail. It's so different to his other work, well, the things I know, anyway....And reading about the process of making it was fascinating too.

    If I was my usual self, I would have just got myself on the train and gone down to Tate Britain, something I have been meaning to do since the refurbishments anyway, but who knows when I will be able to given the way things are at the moment. But, it's definitely on my list of things to do, and I am seriously considering getting the book, so thanks for that.

  5. Margaret and Eirene - Caro started making narrative work, first shown in an exhibition at Kenwood House in the early '90s - The Trojan War group. They are extraordinarily powerful looking - I've only seen them in photographs, and would love to see them for real.
    I saw The Last Judgement when it was at Tate Britain, taking up the whole of the Duveen Sculpture Gallery. Overpowering. I loved it. I saw it again somewhere, but don't remember where. These truly have the power of early Christian work in the churches of Greece and Italy.