Lisson Gallery

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg is one of the world’s foremost sculptors. Constantly pushing to find new relations between people and the material world, there is no limit to the materials he might use, as there are no limits to the ideas or forms he might conceive. His early, stacked works present a taxonomical understanding of the world, and he has said that he sees manmade objects as “fossilized keys to a past time which is our present”. So too, the floor and wall arrangements of objects that he started making in the 1980s blur the line between manmade and natural landscapes: they create an outline of something familiar, where the contributing parts relate to the whole. Cragg understands sculpture as a study of how material and material forms affect and form our ideas and emotions. This is exemplified in the way in which Cragg has worked and reworked two broad bodies of work he calls Early Forms and Rational Beings. The Early Forms explore the possibilities of sculpturally reforming familiar objects such as containers into new and unfamiliar forms producing new emotional responses, relationships and meanings. Rational Beings examine the relationship between two apparently different aesthetic descriptions of the world; the rational, mathematically based formal constructions that go to build up the most complicated of organic forms that we respond to emotionally. The human figure being the prime example of something that looks ultimately organic eliciting emotional responses, while being fundamentally an extremely complicated geometric composition of molecules, cells, organs and processes. His work does not imitate nature and what we look like, rather it concerns itself with why we look like we do and why we are as we are.


Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool, UK in 1949 and has lived and worked in Wuppertal, Germany since 1977. He has a BA from Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK (1973) and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, UK (1977). Among many major solo shows he has exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017); the National Museum of Havana, Cuba (2017); MUDAM Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2017);  Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany (2017); Wroclaw Contemporary Art Museum, Wroclaw, Poland (2017); The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia (2016;  Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany (2016); Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2015); Gothenburg International Sculpture Exhibition, Gothenburg, Sweden (2015); Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan (2014); Musée d’art modern de Saint-Étienne, Saint-Étienne, France (2014); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan (2013); CAFA Museum in Beijing, China (2012);  Musée du Louvre, Paris, France (2011); the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (2011); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, USA (2011); Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany (2010); Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2000); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (1995), Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1991) and Tate Gallery, London, UK (1988). He represented Britain at the 43rd Venice Biennale in 1988 and in the same year was awarded the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery, London, UK. He has been a Professor at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France (1999-2009) and Professor at Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, Germany (2009–present). He was elected a Royal Academician in 1994; received the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture, Tokyo, Japan (2007); was Awarded the 1st Class Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2012) and was made a Knight's Bachelor in 2016.

Current and recent projects: 

Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy, 5 May - 27 October 2019

Split Kula Cultural Institution, Split, Croatia, 16 October - 17 November 2019


Skull

Tony Cragg
Skull, 2016
Bronze 150 x 104 x 68 cm / 59 x 41 x 26 6/8 in.

Sail

Tony Cragg
Sail, 2016
Onyx 220 x 114 x 34 cm / 86 5/8 x 44 7/8 x 13 3/8 in

Spring

Tony Cragg
Spring, 2015
Wood 280 x 245 x 74 cm / 110 1/4 x 96 1/2 x 29 1/8 in

Early Form

Tony Cragg
Early Form, 2014
Bronze 72 x 64 x 62 cm / 28 3/8 x 25 1/4 x 24 3/8 in

Hedge

Tony Cragg
Hedge, 2016
Steel 103 x 100 x 60 cm / 40 1/2 x 39 3/8 x 23 5/8 in

We

Tony Cragg
We, 2015
Bronze 190 x 90 x 90 cm / 74 3/4 x 35 3/8 x 35 3/8 in.

Industrial Nature

Tony Cragg
Industrial Nature, 2015
Aluminium 220 x 366 x 190 cm / 86 5/8 x 144 1/8 x 74 3/4 in

Over The Earth

Tony Cragg
Over The Earth, 2014
Bronze 175 x 76 x 285 cm / 69 x 30 x 112 1/4 in.

Elliptical column

Tony Cragg
Elliptical column, 2013
Stainless steel 330 x 95 x 85 cm / 130 x 37 1/2 x 33 1/2 in.

After We've Gone

Tony Cragg
After We've Gone, 2014
Bronze 210 x 107 x 96 cm / 82 5/8 x 42 x 37 7/8 in

Group

Tony Cragg
Group, 2012
Bronze 120 x 112 x 90 cm 47 1/4 x 44 1/16 x 35 7/16 in.

Versus

Tony Cragg
Versus, 2012
Bronze 150 x 160 x 55 cm 59 1/16 x 63 x 21 5/8 in.

It is, It isn’t

Tony Cragg
It is, It isn’t, 2011
Cast iron 74 x 34 x 36 cm 29 1/8 X 13 3/8 x 14 3/16 in.

It is, It isn’t

Tony Cragg
It is, It isn’t, 2011
Cast iron 74 x 34 x 36 cm 29 1/8 X 13 3/8 x 14 3/16 in.

Ever after

Tony Cragg
Ever after, 2010
Bronze 356 x 138 x 100 cm 140 3/16 X 54 5/16 39 3/8 in.

Companions

Tony Cragg
Companions, 2008
Fibreglass 278 x 205 x 294 cm 109 7/16 x 80 11/16 x 115 3/4 in.

Companions

Tony Cragg
Companions, 2008
Fibreglass 278 x 205 x 294 cm 109 7/16 x 80 11/16 x 115 3/4 in.

Elbow

Tony Cragg
Elbow, 2010
Wood 250 x 102 x 429 cm 98 7/16 x 40 3/16 x 168 7/8 in.

Runner

Tony Cragg
Runner, 2009
Bronze 140 x 130 x 72 cm 55 1/8 x 51 3/16 x 28 3/8 in.

Hamlet

Tony Cragg
Hamlet, 2009
Wood 386 x 130 x 100 cm 152 x 51 3/16 x 39 3/8 in.

Hamlet

Tony Cragg
Hamlet, 2009
Wood 386 x 130 x 100 cm 152 x 51 3/16 x 39 3/8 in.

Luke

Tony Cragg
Luke, 2008
Bronze 360 x 192 x 180 cm 141 3/4 x 75 9/16 x 70 7/8 in.

Wild Relatives

Tony Cragg
Wild Relatives, 2006
Wood 185 x 135 x 135 cm 72 13/16 x 53 1/8 x 53 1/8 in.

Relatives

Tony Cragg
Relatives, 2004
Bronze 68 x 66 x 58 cm 26 3/4 x 26 x 22 13/16 in.

On a Roll

Tony Cragg
On a Roll, 2003
Bronze 152 x 95 x 95 cm 59 13/16 x 37 3/8 x 37 3/8 in.

In Mind

Tony Cragg
In Mind, 2002
Bronze 105 x 80 x 57 cm 41 5/16 x 31 1/2 x 22 7/16 in.

Ferryman

Tony Cragg
Ferryman , 2001
Bronze 385 x 190 x 120cm 151 9/16 x 74 13/16 x 47 1/4 in.

One way or another

Tony Cragg
One way or another, 2001
Stone (Giallo Siena Chiaro, Italian marble) 260 x 70 x 70 cm 102 3/8 x 27 9/16 x 27 9/16 in.

Slice

Tony Cragg
Slice, 2000
Bronze and paint 120 x 120 x 110 cm 47 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 43 5/16 in.

Rod

Tony Cragg
Rod, 2000
Bronze 60 x 60 x 230 cm 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 90 9/16 in.

Cumulus

Tony Cragg
Cumulus, 1998
Glass 113 x 76 x 48 cm 44 1/2 x 29 15/16 x 18 7/8 in.

Blood Sugar

Tony Cragg
Blood Sugar, 1992-96
Glass 64 x 187 x 85 cm 25 3/16 x 73 5/8 x 33 7/16 in.

Spyrogyra

Tony Cragg
Spyrogyra, 1992-95
Sandblasted glass and steel 240 x 500 x 290 cm 94 1/2 x 196 7/8 x 114 3/16 in.

Early Forms

Tony Cragg
Early Forms, 1993
Bronze 75 x 110 x 225 cm 29 1/2 x 43 5/16 x 88 9/16 in.

Early Forms

Tony Cragg
Early Forms, 1993
Bronze 75 x 110 x 225 cm 29 1/2 x 43 5/16 x 88 9/16 in.

Minster

Tony Cragg
Minster , 1987
Rubber, stone, wood, metal Dimensions variable

Tools

Tony Cragg
Tools, 1986
Sandstone 100 x 320 x 350 cm 39 3/8 x 126 x 137 13/16 in.

Welsh Landscape

Tony Cragg
Welsh Landscape, 1985
Mixed media Dimensions variable

Still Life: Belongings

Tony Cragg
Still Life: Belongings, 1985
Mixed media 172 x 170 x 270 cm 67 3/4 x 66 15/16 x 106 5/16 in.

Red Indian

Tony Cragg
Red Indian, 1982-3
Plastic 314 x 198 cm 123 5/8 x 77 15/16 in.

Large Window

Tony Cragg
Large Window, 1982
Found wood fragments 252 x 198 cm 99 3/16 x 77 15/16 in.

Leaf

Tony Cragg
Leaf, 1981
Found plastic objects Installed: 170.2 x 132.1 cm Installed: 67 x 52 in.

New Stones - Newton's Tones

Tony Cragg
New Stones - Newton's Tones, 1978
Plastic 330 x 235 cm 90 9/16 x 92 1/2 in.

Stack

Tony Cragg
Stack, 1975
Mixed media 200 x 200 x 200 cm 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.

Exhibitions

  1. Tony Cragg: Stacks

    Tony Cragg: Stacks

    20 November 2019 – 29 February 2020

  2. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    1 October – 5 November 2016

  3. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    29 May – 18 September 2015

  4. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    28 November 2012 – 12 January 2013

  5. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    17 March – 17 April 2010

  6. Tony Cragg: Sculptures

    Tony Cragg: Sculptures

    17 May – 24 June 2006

  7. Tony Cragg: Sculptures

    Tony Cragg: Sculptures

    26 October – 21 December 2001

  8. Tony Cragg: New Works

    Tony Cragg: New Works

    2 December 1998 – 6 February 1999

  9. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    5 December 1992 – 30 January 1993

  10. Tony Cragg: New Sculpture

    Tony Cragg: New Sculpture

    28 June – 3 August 1991

  11. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    2 December 1988 – 28 January 1989

  12. Tony Cragg: Recent Works 1984-1985

    Tony Cragg: Recent Works 1984-1985

    20 March – 20 April 1985

  13. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    2 December – 24 December 1982

  14. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    16 July – 9 August 1980

  15. Tony Cragg

    Tony Cragg

    28 February – 16 March 1979

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