You must first login or register to follow this artist.

b. 1949, United Kingdom

Tony Cragg Biography

British artist Tony Cragg is recognised for his gravity-defying sculptures that explore the relationship between the natural and the artificial.

Read More

Education

Cragg completed his studies at the Wimbledon College of Arts, London (1973) and the Royal College of Art, London (1977).

Artworks

While initially known for his use of unconventional materials, Cragg has worked with broadly with the more traditional bronze, wood, and steel as well as plastic and found objects. Familiar forms are multiplied, distorted, or warped in Cragg's sculptures, giving rise to expansive or stacked forms that may resemble the human body or natural landscapes.

Human Intervention

Cragg garnered attention in the late 1970s and 1980s for his use of found everyday objects and detritus, commonly arranged on the floor or fixed to a wall. For New Stones, Newton's Tones (1978), the artist arranged found plastic objects such as combs, toy shovels, bottle caps and spoons according to colour in a rectangular format on the floor. Similarly using manmade objects to depict natural forms in works such as Leaf (1981) or Bird (1980), Cragg pointed to the impact of human intervention on the world at large.

Verticality and Horizontality

Cragg has cultivated a tiered appearance to his sculptures throughout his practice. The verticality of his sculptures is sometimes reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi's columns, while the horizontal ellipses that protrude from the columns recall the multi-faceted figures of Umberto Boccioni and Giacomo Balla.

Points of View (2013), a set of three seven-metre columns, seems to change shape when viewed from different angles. Unlike the artist's earlier works such as Minster (1990)—which consists of four sculptural forms but is made of circular metal machine parts amassed into towers—sculptures like Points of View are often in one solid piece, but retain a stacked illusion through their horizontal extensions.

Transformation

For the series 'Early Forms' and 'Relational Beings', Cragg employs more traditional media to examine sculpture's potential to transform the familiar into something new and unusual.

'Early Forms', begun in the late 1980s, is inspired by the vessel, one of the earliest objects made by humankind, that the artist distorts and twists to create new forms. In the bronze Taurus (Early Forms) (1999), for example, the original vessel is unrecognisable in the monumental bronze sculpture whose smooth planes and curvature instead recall oysters or the waves of the sea.

By contrast, the later series 'Rational Beings' is concerned with the transformation of the human figure into abstraction. For the wooden sculpture A Head, I Thought (2011), Cragg contorted a facial profile until it became a new form of abstracted columns and slabs.

Recognition

Cragg has been recognised for his prolific practice from the early days of his career. He was the winner of the Turner Prize in 1988 and, in that same year, represented Britain at the 43rd Venice Biennale. In 2002 he was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for service to the visual arts and Anglo-German relations. Cragg has also worked as an educator, teaching at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1999–2009) and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (2009–ongoing).

Exhibitions

A regular presence in international galleries and museums since the late 1970s, Crag has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Solo exhibitions include: Riot, Lisson Gallery, New York (2023); Incidents, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2022); Tony Cragg - Sculptures, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin (2021); Rare Species, Brazilian Museum of Culture and Ecology, São Paulo (2019); Anthony Cragg: Human Nature, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2018).

Group exhibitions include: Keramik, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin (2023); The Privilege of Painting20th Century, SETAREH, Düsseldorf; Spectrum, Lisson Gallery, New York (2020); Beyond Borders, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2018); Economic values / museum values, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2017).

Website

Tony Cragg's website can be found here.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2023

Tony Cragg
featured artworks

View 83 More
Untitled by Tony Cragg contemporary artwork
Tony Cragg Untitled, 2010 Pencil on paper
68 x 72 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery Request Price & Availability
Untitled by Tony Cragg contemporary artwork
Tony Cragg Untitled, 2019 Pencil on paper
78 x 60 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery Request Price & Availability
Untitled by Tony Cragg contemporary artwork sculpture
Tony Cragg Untitled, 2023 Bronze, unique version from a maximum of six
63 x 45 x 45 cm
Buchmann Galerie Request Price & Availability
Stack by Tony Cragg contemporary artwork sculpture
Tony Cragg Stack, 2019 Bronze
75 x 58 x 36 cm
Buchmann Galerie Request Price & Availability
Points of View by Tony Cragg contemporary artwork sculpture
Tony Cragg Points of View, 2019 Bronze
110 x 55 x 55 cm
Sies + Höke Request Price & Availability
Constructor by Tony Cragg contemporary artwork sculpture
Tony Cragg Constructor, 2007 Stainless steel
116 x 73 x 70 cm
Galerie Thomas Request Price & Availability
Pair by Tony Cragg contemporary artwork sculpture
Tony Cragg Pair, 2018 Bronze
100 x 46 x 38 cm
Lisson Gallery Request Price & Availability
Over the Earth by Tony Cragg contemporary artwork sculpture
Tony Cragg Over the Earth, 2017 Bronze
95 x 125 x 40 cm
Lisson Gallery Request Price & Availability
View 83 More

Tony Cragg
current & recent
exhibitions

View 19 More
View 19 More

Represented by these
Ocula Member Galleries

Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom
Lisson Gallery Beijing, London, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai +1
Marian Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, United States
Marian Goodman Gallery London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris
View 19 More

Tony Cragg in
Ocula Magazine

Read 7 More
Read 7 More
Learn more about the market for works
by Tony Cragg.
Enquire for a confidential discussion. Enquire Now
Simon Fisher, Ocula CEO
Ocula Advisor
Simon Fisher
Christoper Taylor, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Christopher Taylor
Eva Fuchs, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Eva Fuchs
Rory Mitchell, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Rory Mitchell
Ocula discover the best in contemporary art icon.
Follow Tony Cragg
Stay ahead.
22 new artworks have recently been added.
Receive updates on new artworks,
exhibitions and articles.
Your personal data is held in accordance with our privacy policy.
Follow
Do you have an Ocula account?
Ocula discover the best in contemporary art icon.
Get Access
Join Ocula to request price and availability of artworks, exhibition price lists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Do you have an Ocula account? Login
What best describes your interest in art?

Subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming exhibitions, available works, events and more.
By clicking Sign Up or Continue with Facebook or Google, you agree to Ocula's Terms & Conditions. Your personal data is held in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
Thank you for joining us. Just one more thing...
Soon you will receive an email asking you to complete registration. If you do not receive it then you can check and edit the email address you entered.
Close
Thank you for joining us.
You can now request price and availability of artworks, exhibition price lists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Close
Welcome back to Ocula
Enter your email address and password below to login.
Reset Password
Enter your email address to receive a password reset link.
Reset Link Sent
We have sent you an email containing a link to reset your password. Simply click the link and enter your new password to complete this process.
Login