Tony Cragg

A major new exhibition from the Turner Prize-winning sculptor Tony Cragg

(Hamlet, 2009, 386x130x100cm, Wood)

Five large new sculptures will be exhibited, along with a series of smaller works and related drawings

The Lisson Gallery will devote over 400 square metres of exhibition space to this important new show of major new works by Tony Cragg, whose first solo show with the gallery was in 1979.
Cragg’s position as one of the pre-eminent artists and cultural figures of his generation was acknowledged in his award of the Praemium Imperiale in 2007. In September 2008 he opened Waldfrieden, a major outdoor park and gallery for sculpture in
his home town, Wuppertal in Germany. In 2009 Cragg was appointed Rector of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, one of Europe’s most prestigious art schools, and he presented a major exhibition of sculpture and drawings in Karlsruhe and Salzburg.

Tony Cragg’s abiding interest is in the dynamic potential of matter to assume form. At the Lisson, he will present five large new sculptures, a series of smaller works and a number of related drawings. The selection demonstrates the consistency with which Cragg has pursued his sculptural explorations, particularly since he moved from his early assemblages to casting sculptures in the mid-1980s; it also demonstrates the range and ambition of those explorations. Cragg, an unashamed materialist, is nevertheless a magician of matter, taking an essentially simple image like the human profile or the hollowness of many natural forms and subjecting them to extreme extrapolation.

About the artist:

Born in Liverpool, Tony Cragg lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1988 and was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in the following year. In 2002 he received the prestigious Piepenbrock Award for Sculpture, he was awarded the CBE for services to art in 2001 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2007 for the significant impact his work has had on the field of sculpture. He has exhibited extensively and has had major solo shows at the Tate Gallery, London (1989), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1991), Concoran Gallery of Art, Washington (1991), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (1995), Lenbachhaus, Munich (1998), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1996), Whitechapel Gallery, London (1997) the Tate Gallery, Liverpool (2001) and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2009).

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Duration 17 March 2010 - 17 April 2010
Times Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 11am-5pm
Cost free
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