Born in Surrey, England in 1924, Caro is considered one of the masters of modern sculpture. Caro began his career with training at the Royal Academy Schools of London and as an assistant to Henry Moore.
His early work owes much to Picasso, and by the early 1960s, Caro was welding standardized metal units into abstract configurations. His ideas and materials have continued to dominate sculptural practice, and he has become an influential figure among many younger artists. Caro’s project for Art of this Century is a cast paper book printed with an evocative image of an apple and a woman’s buttocks.
This piece belongs to a series of books produced by Caro over the past decade. At once monumental and intimate, it suggests the possibility for a personal relationship with significant sculpture. In addition, Art of this Century published a conversation between Caro and his fellow master sculptor Eduardo Chillida.
Caro was knighted in 1987 and received the Order of Merit in May 2000. He was awarded many prizes, including the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture in Tokyo in 1992 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture in 1997.
From 1 June to 27 October 2013 in connection with the 55th Venice Biennale, he exhibited at the Museo Correr, Venice, Italy. The exhibit was on at the time of his death. Caro was 89 when he died of a heart attack on 23 October 2013. He was lauded as a "gentle man with a pioneering spirit" by BBC arts editor Will Gompertz and "one of the greatest sculptors in the second half of the twentieth century" by Royal Academy of Arts chief executive Charles Saumarez Smith.