May 21st, 2009

“Out Span” Tony Cragg at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Photo Taken by Art Observed

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is currently exhibiting a substantial collection of both sculptures and drawings by one of the most exciting sculptors of the moment, Tony Cragg.  The exhibition covers three floors of the gallery and includes new works in stone, bronze, stainless wood and polished stained steel.  In the drawing space, Cragg is presenting a series of recent drawings that highlight his quintessential ideas on how new forms can emerge from both figures and landscapes.  To coincide with the opening of this exhibition, Cragg’s Column will be installed in the Tuileries Gardens behind the Jeu de Paum Museum.

Exhibition Detail: Tony Cragg [ArtSlant]
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Tony Cragg [The Parisian]
Tony Cragg at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac-Paris [artalog]

“Still Life One”, Tony Cragg. Photo via ArtSlant

Tony Cragg at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Photo Taken by Art Observed

Tony Cragg has been praised for his finesse with bronze and his ground breaking red stained wood sculptures.  In his most recent works, Cragg has been pushing towards a new abstracted understanding of figure and form.  He plays with the notions of compression and expansion in the use of totemic structures in which the human profile is a reclusive aspect of the overall structure.

Tony Cragg at Thaddaeus Ropac.  Photo Taken by Art Observed

“Red Square”, Tony Cragg. Image via ArtSlant

Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949.  He was awarded his M.A. from the Royal College of Art in London.  He is currently a professor at the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts in Germany.  In September of 2008, Cragg opened a sculpture park with 16 of his own works near his home.  Marie Laure Bernadac, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Louvre, has invited Tony Cragg to show his work in  autumn 2010.

Tony Cragg at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.  Photo Taken by Art Observed