Piano Nobile will present Caro/Golding: In Conversation in a designated exhibition space at the British Art Fair. The exhibition will align the work of close friends Anthony Caro (1924-2013) and John Golding (1929-2012), and explore their affinities and shared influences. The Saatchi Gallery's well-proportioned rooms and high ceilings will make this the first substantial exhibition in the fair’s thirty-year history. By displaying Caro and Golding’s work together it will be shown that both artists used the human figure to inform their practices, even as they developed their respective paths towards abstraction.
As close contemporaries, they both absorbed the influence of Abstract Expressionism and translated it into a British context. Both artists may consequently be regarded as pioneers in the development of twentieth-century art: Caro through his de-plinthed, painted, welded and bolted sculpture; and Golding, first through his seminal writings on Cubism and Abstract Expressionism, and second by his impressive and diverse oeuvre of hard-edged, colour field paintings. Piano Nobile’s display will show these two artists and friends at the moment they arrived at their full creative maturity in the early nineteen-seventies, demonstrating how both artists helped to reshape the canon of British art.
David Anfam in Conversation with the works of Anthony Caro and John Golding
Thursday 20 September, 4.30pm