Image: Veduggio Wash
(New Malden, Surrey, England, 1924 - 2013, London, England)

Veduggio Wash , 1973

Rusted and varnished steel
82 in. x 72 in. x 20 1/2 in. (208.28 cm x 182.88 cm x 52.07 cm)
Gift of Mary S. and Louis S. Myers
1991.116
detail
Caro, one of the most important British sculptors of the 1960s and 1970s, created a series of sculptures while living in Veduggio, Italy, in 1972 and 1973.  A departure from the artist's earlier painted, angular works, the "Veduggio" sculptures incorporate a frontal rather than three-dimensional orientation and are colored by the natural process of rust instead of by pigment.  Caro constructed these works from scrap I-beams and rolled steel, then carefully cultivated the rust until it took on a character akin to a rough, gestural painting.  With its irregular form and crusty skin, the steel seems an organic rather than an industrial product.
  
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