Tony Cragg

Date/place of birth

1949 Liverpool

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Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool and has lived in Wuppertal since 1977. He is a major representative of New British Sculpture. He started off as a lab assistant in the rubber industry before studying sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. His early experimental works included drawings, landscapes made from cakes of rubber, gestural works of art with the use of sand and, more and more, objects composed from objets trouvés. In the late 1970s, he created his famous assemblages, forming figurative and geometrical shapes from conglomerates of colour-sorted plastic objets trouvés. From the mid-1980s, Cragg produced greatly enlarged plaster and iron casts of everyday objets trouvés, often containers which he understood as “metaphors of living beings”. In the late 1980s, he began to distort those shapes, sometimes twisting or upending them until the inside and the outside became intertwined. His plaster ensembles called “Foraminifera” (from 1988) are based on the shells of single-cell marine organisms. These sculptures are made from limestone, with a deliberate blurring of the borderlines between natural and man-made shapes. Cragg took part in Documenta 7 and 8 and also several times in the Venice Biennial (1980-1997). He received the Turner Prize in 1988 and was given a professorship at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts. From 2009 to 2013, he was also Director of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

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Tony CraggGrenze weg€55.000
Tony CraggFast Particles€30.840
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Tony CraggUntitled€10.625
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Tony CraggUntitled€5.952

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