Irina Kulik will illustrate the interconnection of sculptural and architectural forms in the practice of British modernist Anthony Caro and American conceptual artist Dan Graham.
Anthony Caro (1924–2013) is a British sculptor whose shift from figuration to abstraction happened partly under the influence of Henry Moore, who Caro assisted in the 1950s. A pioneering figure in the history of sculpture—getting rid of the pedestal by installing works directly on the floor, Caro’s favorite material was steel which he usually painted in natural monochrome colors. He also taught at various art schools and participated in some major architectural projects, including the design of the Millennium Bridge in London, together with Norman Foster. Winner of multiple awards, Caro was knighted in 1987 and received Order of Merit in 2000.
Dan Graham (b. 1942) is an American artist, critic and writer whose career began in the 1960s as a curator, when he was exhibiting Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and other contemporaries in his New York gallery, while also writing articles on rock music and current culture. As an artist, Graham has been into diverse conceptual practice using as mediums photography, video, film, performance, and three-dimensional objects combining elements of sculpture, architecture, and public art. Since the 1980s he has executed several dozen recognizable glass and wooden pavilions for museum and public sites across the world that have become his signature pieces. Author of multiple essays and books, he lives and works in New York.