“Tony Cragg”

Tony Cragg on show at Benaki Museum, Athens

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...

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Tony Cragg at Buchmann Gallery

Until 25 April 2015, Berlin’s Buchmann gallery is to host an exhibition of works by one of the most important sculptors of the 21st century, Tony Cragg. In his work the artist focuses on questions of figuration and their solutions in sculpture. His sculptures can therefore be defined as visual appropriations of the forms and structures of the world we live in. He uses objects in unusual and unexpected ways, in an attempt to reproduce biological life and microbiological structures, and in some pieces, consumers goods and modern technology. Through this process, the artist examines the principles of different aspects of life such as nature, technology, civilisation and art through their fundamental elements and structures. Tony Cragg studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in Cheltenham, at the Wimbledon School of Art from 1968 to 1973, and at the Royal College of Art until 1977. He then moved to Wuppertal, and in the following year, began teaching at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, becoming its director from 2009 until...

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Upcoming exhibitions at Madison Square Park Conservancy

Madison Square Park Conservancy — a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the public park’s upkeep and promotion — has announced details of its upcoming expositions. British sculptor Tony Cragg is to exhibit “Walks of Life” from 18 September until 8 February 2015, featuring three futurist towers installed around the park. In a statement, the artist said: “I think that this sculpture […] would also lead to a more open-minded approach to the world around us.”  American visual artist Paula Hayes is to follow Cragg, with “Gazing Globes” — the artist’s first outdoor installation —, from 19 February until 19 April 2015 . The work comprises 18 globes of varying sizes suspended at different heights. “These play a role in the current landscape and how information is transmitted from one part of the globe to the next. I am making an illuminated landscape evocative of the designed landscape of Madison Square Park”,...

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Lisson Gallery is “Nostalgic for the future”

London, 23 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Between 15 November 2013 and 11 January 2014, ahead of its fiftieth anniversary, which is in 2017, London’s Lisson Gallery is undertaking a “retrofuturistic” study of historical and contemporary British sculpture and installation. The event questions the direction and destination of temporal lines and artistic influences and sources of inspiration. Having already been presented earlier this year in São Paulo under the title “Nostalgia para o futuro”, the exhibition’s innovative setup pays tribute to the multigenerational programme of the Lisson Gallery, which has represented British sculptors such as Anish Kapoor and Richard Wentworth, as well as a younger generation of artists, including Angela de la Cruz, Ceal Floyer, Ryan Gander and Haroon Mirza. The exhibition takes its name from a 2006 text work dating by Jonathan Monk, one of the 44 artists represented by the Lisson Gallery, which projects the words “NOSTALGIC FOR THE FUTURE” with a green laser. The event analyses the tension between the past and future potential of the creative imagination, across thirty-five works paired with earlier or later examples by the same artist, in order to reveal the unconscious steps of creation, evolving over the years. The show features early examples of the revolutionary assemblages by Tony Cragg, produced using found objects, as well as a painted steel work by Julien Opie, entitled Abstract Compositions with Pilchards dating from 1984. These two works face Samson’s Push, or Compositie, a 2010 construction by Ryan Gander of Ikea tables piled one on top of another. In addition to the visual impact of the works, throughout the show, the interaction between the different artists is reflected through their mutual relationships, whether professional or personal. The relationships between the artists have been created either from their time at the gallery or through mentored colleagues who...

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Lisson Gallery represents Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

London, 11 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Lisson Gallery has announced that it is to represent Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, the artistic duo known for works such as The Black Pot and We Are Not Two, We Are One. The artists’s works combine animation, sculpture and sound to create psychologically charged scenarios which engage with human and animalistic desire. Since 2001, Djurberg has developed a unique style of filmmaking, using clay animation to demonstrate basic human instincts. Her Partner Hans Berg is a musician and composer, who creates atmospheric scores to accompany Djurberg’s animations and installations. Commenting on the new partnership, curatorial director of Lisson Gallery Greg Hilty said: “Nathalie and Hans are constantly pushing the possibilities of their forms, ideas and materials. Their collaborative practice also reflects the gallery’s ongoing support for the next generation of exceptional international artists”.  The duo’s works are currently on display at Contemporary Art Moscow until 25 August. Lisson Gallery was established in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail, and pioneered the early careers of important Minimal and Conceptual artists such as Sol LeWitt and Richard Long, and of sculptors Anish Kapoor and Tony Cragg. The gallery currently represents 42 contemporary artists, and has two exhibition spaces in London, one in Milan, and an office in New York....

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