tony cragg

(Liverpool, United Kingdom 1949. He lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany) Before graduating from the Royal College of Art in London in 1977, he worked as a lab technician at a materials research institute, where he could study in detail the characteristics of materials. In 1977 he moved to Wuppertal, Germany. Early works of the 1970s were mostly made with found objects through which Cragg created wall or floor installations, questioning the difference between painting and sculpture and testing techniques like stacking, splitting, and crushing. In later pieces the interest shifts to surface quality and manipulation and unlikely juxtapositions of materials, processing solid materials into fluid and dynamic shapes. He investigates the relationship between art and materials as well as art and science, and plays a leading role in the debate on the function and the nature of sculpture. Cragg’s artistic journey started with a fragmentary style and has evolved towards works of monumental dimensions. In 1988 he was awarded the Turner Prize and took part in the Venice Biennale. In 1994 he was elected Royal Academician and in 2007 received the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture.


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