Tony Cragg

  • Sculptures and Drawings
    April 7, 2017 - June 12, 2017
    Museo de Bellas Artes
    Arte Universal
    La Habana


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    March 4, 2017 - September 3, 2017
    Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    West Bretton
    WF4 4JX United Kingdom

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the most extensive UK exhibition to date by leading sculptor Tony Cragg in the Underground Gallery and open air. New sculptures, works on paper and pieces drawn from nearly five decades of Cragg’s practice will survey and demonstrate the artist’s pioneering and continued mastery of materials.

     A ‘radical materialist’, Cragg defines sculpture as a ‘rare category of objects’, and takes a taxonomic approach to his own practice, something reflected in the exhibition. The wit and will to analyse the properties of all of the planet’s resources and use them to make new things is unique to human beings, along with the intuition to sort, order and categorise the things that exist and that we bring into existence. The exhibition begins at the entrance to the Park with the magnificent bronze sculpture Caldera (2008), nearly five metres in height and set against the extraordinary landscape setting of the Bretton Estate.
    Cragg’s extraordinary career has its roots in a fascination for, and exploration of, the possibilities of the material world, which he considers to be ‘the huge storeroom [in which] lie the keys to essential processes and explanations of our existence’. Cragg’s artistic practice developed from drawings he made to document experiments whilst working as a lab technician at the National Rubber Producers Research Association (1966–68). He went on to study at London’s Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art and during two summer vacations worked nightshifts in a foundry that manufactured components for engines. The combination of art and the experience of the physical transformation of materials through industrial processes is the cornerstone of Cragg’s practice.
    His is a systematic approach but, as is exemplified in his major series Rational Beings, which is substantially represented in this exhibition, it is one that acknowledges the alchemical transformation of particular configurations of materials into objects with meaning beyond the sum of their parts. On a material level, for example, the human body is just a unique and fleeting combination of particular atoms from the universe. The artist believes that ‘it could be said that the most fantastic material is the human neuron’, leading Cragg to consider his sculptures as being ideas made manifest.
    From the small scale to the monumental, Cragg’s prolific practice is the outcome of a constantly questioning and experimental symbiotic process of thought and manual making, which always starts with drawing. This relationship is articulated in the Underground Gallery through a selection of drawings and sculpture alongside each other, allowing visitors to trace the development of ideas into physical form.

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    February 11, 2017 - September 3, 2017
    Mudam Luxembourg
    Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
    3, Park Dräi Eechelen
    L-1499 Luxembourg-Kirchberg

    As part of a large cycle of solo shows highlighting artists in the Mudam Collection, this exhibition offers the public a chance to discover the oeuvre of one of the most important contemporary sculptors.

    Since his early days in the 1970s, the work of the English sculptor Tony Cragg has been constantly charting new ground. His early works consisted mainly of found objects, which he arranged on the basis of their particular features, materials, colours, and dimensions.

    He thus set up a busy dialogue with matter, which constitutes the main thrust of his entire oeuvre. “I believe that material is everything,” he explains. Whether his sculptures are made of wood, glass, plastic or bronze, they associate the particular qualities of a material with the vitality of a form. Cragg’s inventiveness, and his inclination to create forms that are as complex as they are elegant, stem from this combination.


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  • Unnatural Selection
    December 2, 2016 - March 26, 2017
    Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
    Großer Saal
    Friedensplatz 1
    64283 Darmstadt

    Tony Cragg (born in 1949) is one of the most important contemporary sculptors. The Wuppertal-based British artist, who was until 2013 the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, will present nearly 20 recent sculptures in the impressive Grand Hall.

    The artist has been inspired by natural forms since childhood. A selection of the artist’s mineral and fossil collection collection will be a central part of the exhibition at the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, nurturing the discussion about the relationship between nature and art.

    "Unnatural Selection" will be one of the most important monographic exhibitions dedicated to the artist in Germany to date.

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  • Talk & Book Signing
    April 23, 2016 - April 23, 2016
    Paris Pantin

    On Saturday, 23 April 2016, at 3pm, Tony Cragg will be in discussion with Demosthènes Davvetas to coincide with the publication of the exhibition catalogue, "Sculptures". The artist will sign books from 4pm to 5pm.

    The talk will take place in our Pantin venue and will be in English.

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  • Sculptures and Drawings
    March 2, 2016 - May 15, 2016
    The State Hermitage Museum
    St. Petersburg, Russia

    The Hermitage Museum will host a major survey of Tony Cragg's sculptures, including works in bronze, wood, stone and steel as well as a selection of recent sculptures in glass. A number of works on paper will also be featured in which we see the artist's interest in new forms and abstract landscapes. 

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  • Beyond Limits
    September 15, 2015 - October 25, 2015
    Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, UK

    In the picturesque setting of Chatsworth, the ancestral seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, UK, Sotheby's exhibition Beyond Limits will present from 14 September to 25 October 2015 a dynamic selection of monumental works by international Modern and Contemporary artists. This autumn, the outdoor exhibition will showcase works from a variety of cutting edge contemporary artists, such as British sculptors Tony Cragg and Antony Gormley. For further details about the exhibition please click here.

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  • Tony Cragg
    September 10, 2015 - November 8, 2015
    The Benaki Museumin Athens, Greece

    The Benaki Museumin Athens, Greece, dedicates a comprehensive solo exhibition to British sculptor Tony Cragg presenting several sculptures made from wood, bronze, stone and mirror-finished stainless steel.

    In his recent works Cragg has been pushing towards a new abstracted understanding of the figure. For the last years, he has been playing with the notion of compression and expansion in the use of totemic structures where the appearance of the human profile is often a reclusive aspect of the overall structure. He has also taken the figure in an almost futuristic manner and divided it into quadrants at its very core. For example, an abstracted idea of a portrait suddenly becomes four different surfaces creating four types of images all joined at the back by an imaginary spine. He uses a composite structure created from slices of wood, epoxied together in forms that are curved, jagged, sturdy yet rigorous. For his bronzes and stainless steel he has developed a method for casting forms that appear to be liquid or molten. In recent years, he has made mainly sculptures of wood, bronze, stone and mirror-finished stainless steel. The patina of the bronzes ranges from black and brown to yellow and red.
    Tony Cragg has also produced a considerable œuvre of drawings and watercolours. The drawings serve him not only to explore new forms, but far beyond that, as a way of realising on paper sculptures which could not be realised with regard to statics and gravity.

    On the occasion of the opening Tony Cragg will talk about his work on 8 September 2015 at 7.30pm at the Benaki Museum.

    For further details please visit the museum's website here

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  • Vita Vitale I La Biennale di Venezia
    May 9, 2015 - November 22, 2015
    LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, Ca’ Garzoni, Calle del Traghetto o Garzoni, San Marco 3416, Venice, Italy

    Selected artworks by Tony Cragg, Erwin Wurm and Andy Warhol will be presented in the exhibition Vita Vitale curated by Artwise. Held in the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, the show reveals the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystem and man’s destructive footprint within it. Vita Vitale unites over 20 contemporary artists from Europe, the USA, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan - notwithstanding language, cultural heritage or geographical borders - to raise awareness about our environment and man’s position within it. 

    For further information please visit the official website of the Biennale di Venezia here

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  • Walks of Life
    April 25, 2015 - October 25, 2015
    Garden Society Trädgårdsföreningen and Götaplatsen cultural centre, GOTHENBURG, Sweden

    Tony Cragg's praised exhibition Walks of Life recently shown at Madison Square Park in New York in 2014, now moves on to Gothenburg. As part of the Gothenburg International Sculpture Exhibition, organised by the Pilane Heritage Museum in collaboration with the Garden Society of Gothenburg, Cragg´s monumental bronze sculptures will be on display throughout the summer from 25 April to 25 October 2015.

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