Tony Cragg, CBE, RA is a Turner Prize winning British artist who is one of the world’s foremost sculptors. He was selected to represent Britain at the 43rd Venice Biennale in 1988, the same year he won the Turner Prize. He has also won the acclaimed Shakespeare Prize and Piepenbrock Prize for Sculpture. He was appointed a Royal Academician in 1994. In 2002, he was awarded a CBE for his services to Art.
Originally working on site-specific, multi-material sculptures, Cragg now produces structures in both domestic scale and outdoor installations in bronze, steel, stone, wood and glass. Tony Cragg’s early work consisted mainly of installations of found objects and rubbish, called ‘Early Forms’. His seminal work Stack is in the Tate Modern Collection.
Stack, 1975, Mixed Media, Tate Collection
As Cragg’s career progressed, he began to develop new biomorphic forms—described as ‘Rational Beings’—made from carbon and then cast in bronze. For these works, the artist begins with a drawing which he then develops into a three-dimensional, skin-like form. These so-called ‘Rational Beings’ simultaneously call to mind simple biological structures and more complex living organisms. Whilst the works are not designed to directly imitate nature, they question the relationship between molecular building blocks and the organic structures into which these building blocks are transformed.
Contradiction, 2012, Marble
Major exhibitions include:
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017), The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia (2016), Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2015), Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan (2014), CAFA Museum in Beijing (2012), the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (2011), Tate Gallery Liverpool, UK (2000), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina So a, Madrid (1995), Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1991) and Tate Gallery, London (1988).
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