Anthony Caro & Sheila Girling: A 64 Year Conversation About Art
27 April - 21 July 2018
Peterborough Museum and City Gallery present works by internationally renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and modernist painter Sheila Girling. Spanning the duration of his career from the 60's to early 2000's, the exhibition includes Caro's iconic large scale abstract metal works in block colour, smaller table pieces which he began to work on after his larger works and paper sculptures. Exhibited alongside will be paintings by Sheila Girling. Distinguishable by her intense hues in acrylic, her work balances between figuration and abstraction.
Caro and Girling met at the Royal Academy in 1948 when he used her drawing board by mistake. Their arguments about art apparently started at that first encounter and within six months they were married. Girling's use of colour proved to be hugely influential on Caro, who was more interested in form than colour. Perhaps his most well known piece Early One Morning was originally painted green until Girling suggested that he change it to red.