From 4 March until 3 September, Yorkshire Sculpture Park stages the biggest UK exhibition to date by Tony Cragg. A ‘radical materialist’, Cragg defines sculpture as a ‘rare category of objects’, and takes a taxonomic approach to his own practice, something which is reflected in the exhibition.
'A Rare Category of Objects' showcases Cragg's intuition to sort and categorise, evidenced from his childhood fossil collection, and expressed through significant early stacked series in which the accumulated content of his studio, including stones, wood, and books, are formed into geological-like sculptures. This important strand of his practice is shared through the extraordinary sculpture Minster, which greets visitors in the first space of the Underground Gallery at YSP. Recent and new sculpture by the artist are also on display in the central gallery and in the open air to reflect the evolution of Cragg's important career and demonstrate his full command of his chosen discipline.
An academic session produced in collaboration with Dr Jon Wood, Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute, will coincide with the exhibition. Tony Cragg will speak about his work at a special event on 1 June 2017. For more information on the event and exhibition, please visit http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/tony-cragg-a-rare-category-of-objects.