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Copyright Tony Cragg
 Cragg, Tony (1949 - )
UK

Emergence, 1992

Bronze;
135 x 250 x 143 cm
Contemporary British Sculpture

UID 102-141



Biography

British sculptor born in Liverpool, Cragg has been living in Wuppertal, Germany, since 1977. The artist studied at Gloucester College of Art and Design in Cheltenham (1968-69), Wimbledon School of Art (1969-72) and Royal College of Art (1972-77). Since 1978 he has worked as a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where in 1988 he was nominated professor. Early works of the 1970s were mostly made with found objects through which Cragg questioned and tested possibilities. Later pieces, sometimes derived from found materials, demonstrated a shift of interest to surface quality and how that could be manipulated, and a play with unlikely juxtapositions of materials. Results vary from the exquisite to the grotesque, from the refined to the crude, in bronze, steel, plastic, rubber, glass, wood, plaster and more. In 1988 he was awarded Tate Gallery’s Turner Prize. Since 1994 was made a member of the Royal Academy. Many of the people who Cragg admits to be influenced by are scientists and philosophers like Isaac Newton and Alain Prochiantz. Being inspired by their works in the 80s he exhibits small wooden forms resembling and creates gigantic versions of laboratory equipment. His concerns are for humanity, its direction, the life of our planet and its projected evolution. The first solo exhibition of Tony Cragg took place in 1977; he participated twice in Documenta in Kassel (in 1982 and 1987); in 1988 he represented Great Britain in the Venice Biannale. In recent years his work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Henry Moore Foundation, Halifax and the Whitechapel Gallery in London. He has also exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in Sydney, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul and Museum d'Art Contemporain in Barcelona. Cragg's contribution to the debate on contemporary sculpture practice is considerable, and has yet to be measured. In the autumn of '96 he worked in the Henry Moore Studio in Halifax, making a series of new sculptures and around 150 drawings.



Exhibitions

Grande Escala - Colecção Berardo
Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
09-10-2004 ~ 18-03-2005

Tony Cragg Signs of Life
Kunst-und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik, Germany
23-05-2003 ~ 05-10-2003

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Sin Título (el arte del siglo XX en la Colección Berardo)
Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Spain
29-06-2006 ~ 26-11-2006

3D - The Berardo Collection at the Portugeuse Parlement
Assembleia da República, Portugal
17-04-2007 ~ 20-08-2007


Bibliography

Sin Título (el arte del siglo XX en la Colección Berardo), 2006
Published by Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza
ISBN 8495892529

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105

Tony Cragg: Signs of Live, 2003
Published by Kunst-und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik







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