From 10 September until 8 November 2015, the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, is hosting the solo exhibition of sculptor Tony Cragg, supported by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Tony Cragg’s recent works, created from wood, stone, stainless steel and bronze, are abstracted human figures. The themes of compression and expansion are evident in his human profiles, which are futuristic and divided into quadrants. Human portraiture is translated into four differentiated surfaces conjoined by an imaginary spine. Wooden forms are spliced together with jagged and curved forms, while his bronze and stainless steel pieces have molten characteristics.
Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool, England in 1949. A graduate from the Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art, Cragg has selected wood, bronze, stainless steel and stone as his primary mediums. Initially an installation artist, Cragg slowly moved onto individual pieces with experimental materials. The Benaki Museum was established in 1930 in downtown Athens, and houses prehistoric to modern day artworks, as well as an extensive Asian Art collection.