Sober Summer for Met Rooftop Garden: Steel Sculptures by Anthony Caro

04/08/2011 12:51 PM |

Anthony Caro on the Roof: authors rendering.
  • Anthony Caro on the Roof: author’s rendering.

High season for public art continues! Following recently unveiled projects for Park Avenue, Madison Square Park, Union Square, Bowery and Downtown Brooklyn, yesterday the Met announced the artist who will occupy its rooftop space this summer: Anthony Caro.

The British steel sculptor Anthony Caro (b. 1924), you’ll note, is a very conventional choice following last summer’s stunning Big Bambu moving, climbable construction by Mike and Doug Starn, and the previous summer’s spectacularly flailing metal tree by Roxy Paine. Heck, they even make Jeff Koons’s rooftop trio look cool (though we know better). Caro’s sculptures have a Pop-industrial charm that will fit very nicely, perhaps too nicely, in the Met’s rooftop garden.

As if anticipating our disappointed grumbles, the Met’s press release teases that next year’s rooftop installation will come courtesy of the Argentinian sculptor Tomas Saraceno—which, based on his previous work, will require some impressive rigging. More irritatingly, though, the double-bill of Caro in 2011 and Saraceno in 2012 means that the Met’s rooftop garden will have hosted exhibitions exclusively by male artists for an entire decade. (In 2002 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen collaborated on the installation up there.) Time to start campaigning for Mary Mattingly in 2013.