The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) has unveiled a vast new retrospective titled, ‘Tony Cragg: Roots & Stones’ (24 October 2017 – 12 January 2018), marking the second time the artist has shown work in Iran.
Tony Cragg is one of the leading sculptors working today. Showcasing work from the 1970s to the present day, and spanning over four decades of artistic production, the expansive exhibition includes 60 sculptural pieces accompanied by 140 works on paper, showing the Cragg's emphasis on drawing that, according to the artist “is the basis of everything I do." The bronze work Skull (2016), pictured here, is included in the exhibition, alongside a 5-metre high sculpture made from Iranian marble unveiled by the artist himself on 24 October. Cragg comments, “the sculpture is made of two independent forms which intertwine in composition and equilibrium to create a single piece.”
The exhibition coincides with ending of TMoCA’s ‘7th International Sculpture Biennale’ that opened in early September. Designed by Iranian architect Kamran Diba, TMoCA opened in 1977 and now holds one of the largest collections of contemporary art outside Europe and the United States, including in its collections works by Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Francis Bacon. In 2004, Cragg’s was included in the museum’s exhibition ‘Turning Points, 20th-Century British Sculpture.'
Image: Tony Cragg. Skull, 2016 (detail). Bronze, 150 x 104 x 68 cm (59 x 41 x 26 3/4 in) © Tony Cragg.