He became one of the most important representatives of "New British Sculpture" in the 1980s, represented Great Britain at the 1988 Venice Biennale and received the prestigious Turner Prize in the same year: Tony Cragg is undoubtedly one of the most important artists of our time. His work has received many awards and has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions worldwide. These range from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, to the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre, Paris, to the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, and Albertina, Vienna. The Pinakothek der Moderne/Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich recently dedicated a solo show to him. In addition, Cragg's Waldfrieden Sculpture Park in Wuppertal, Germany, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with over 50 of his sculptures and other outstanding works.
We are more than pleased draw your attention to one Cragg’s works today: The stainless steel sculpture "Constructor" from 2007 stands out with its organic, asymmetrical form, which reveals different shapes from different angles. In its typical Cragg disc-like composition, the work is reminiscent of rock worked by water and wind, but also evokes other interpretations such as that of a human figure or an animal. The reflections associated with the aesthetically smooth surface emphasize the flowing and dynamic character of the sculpture and contribute to its complexity.
In his nature-inspired works, Cragg experiments with a variety of materials such as plastic and fiberglass alongside wood, bronze and stainless steel, which also reveal a great affinity with the natural sciences. His sculptures oscillate between nature, technology, and culture as well as between modernity and tradition. Cragg neither aims to represent reality, nor is his focus limited to the surface:
“The work I make always has an internal structure, with the belief that what we see on the surface of things is only the consequence of what’s underneath.”
We are sure that Cragg’s work will bring to mind many different ideas.