A view of Anthony Caro’s “After Summer” (1968), which is one of many sculptures by the British artist that opened this week on the Met’s rooftop. (image via Teri Tynes/Walking Off the Big Apple, and reproduced with permission)

Teri Tynes of the Walking Off the Big Apple blog went to the preview for sculptor Anthony Caro’s mini-retrospective on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum. She has published a good set of photos on Flickr and a post that outlines the artist’s words during the press event, including his admission that  he has “a great affection for New York,” which he says is “a spiritual home for my work.”

She also includes some astute observations about the work:

Like billowing sails ready for a voyage, the repeating quarter circles of “After Summer” … a work from 1968 and the artist’s largest work of that era, will likely to serve as the conversation piece for the garden’s social hours. Light but grounded, teetering but fastened, sailing but moored, the work demands a stroll around to admire its poetic tensions.

…  Neither large nor lofty, the sculptures lend themselves to humanistic analogies. During his remarks at the preview on Monday, Caro said that he’s “very keen about human scale.”

And my favorite quote:

He ended his remarks on the Met Roof garden with a firm directive. “New York is special,” he said. “So, take care of it.”

Will do, Sir Caro.

Anthony Caro on the Rooftop continues at the Metropolitan Museum until October 30, 2011.

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