TONY CRAGG / MUSEE D'ART MODERNE SAINT ETIENNE METROPOLE 2013
     
TONY CRAGG / MUSEE D'ART MODERNE SAINT ETIENNE METROPOLE 2013
TONY CRAGG
RECENT WORKS

One of the greatest living sculptors

Anthony Cragg, known as Tony Cragg is a British sculptor who was born in Liverpool in 1949. He has lived and worked in Wüppertal in Germany since 1977, where he also teaches.
After originally training in science, he soon changed paths to attend Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in Cheltenham from 1969 to 1970 and then Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.
A winner of numerous prizes (including the Turner Prize in 1988), he shows his work all over the world, and the most important museums of contemporary art have his works in their collections.

He was recently invited to the Musée du Louvre where his sculptures have been integrated with the museum's collections of ancient to an enthusiastic reception by the public.

Tony Cragg has had a long history of contacts with Saint-Étienne since the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie gave him his first exhibition in France in 1981.
The Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole has three of the artist's sculptures, The Blue Moon (1980), Pan Dice (1999/image) and Clear Glass Stack (1999), which count among the major pieces in the collection.

A member of the New British Sculpture movement which formed at the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, he worked by transforming ordinary materials. A keen observer of his time and of the consumer society, he recovered materials that were due to be discarded or destroyed and assembled them to form wall mosaics (The Blue Moon, 1980/image).

Later on, he began to develop his work using more traditional materials such as wood, bronze and marble. Whilst he constantly renews his forms, he never strays far from the evocation of the human body. He has produced monumental works that can weigh up to several thousand kilos with an outstanding degree of technical mastery.


He has developed an "alphabet of sculpture" by diversifying the basic materials he uses. His compositions are installed on walls or on the ground. Later, he began to cover his forms with recovered objects.

In Saint-Étienne, Tony Cragg is offering visitors a selection of works produced in the last few years: unique wooden sculptures, never seen before in France. Alongside this series, we can also see works in steel, marble and bronze, which will give the public an idea of the rich variety offered by contemporary sculpture. Numerous drawings complete the offering, drawings that the artist considers as works in their own right and not merely preparatory sketches.
The space in the main hall of the Musée d’Art Moderne provides a magnificent setting for Tony Cragg's imposing sculptures. This exhibition offers a complete overview of the different aspects of the art of sculpture.


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