Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of new sculptures
by Anthony Cragg opening on Wednesday, May 6th through Saturday, June 13th. One of the
most exciting sculptors of the moment, Cragg continues to astonish us with his endless
creation of new forms and materials within contemporary sculpture. This exhibition on three
floors of the gallery will include new works in stone, bronze, stained wood and polished
stainless steel. There will also be an exhibition of new works on paper in the drawing space
on the first floor.
In his recent works Cragg has been pushing towards a new abstracted understanding of the
figure. For the last years, he has been playing with the notion of compression and expansion
in the use of totemic structures where the appearance of the human profile is often a
reclusive aspect of the overall structure. He has also taken the figure in an almost futuristic
manner and divided it into quadrants at its very core. For example, an abstracted idea of a
portrait suddenly becomes four different surfaces creating four types of images all joined at
the back by an imaginary spine. These then appear as forms with no front or back, right or
left but an organic moving trajectory that gives the appearance of movement as you walk
In his new series of red stained wooden works, he continues to break new ground. We see
the composite structure created from slices of wood, epoxied together in forms that are
curved, jagged, sturdy yet rigorous. By staining the wood in this red colour, he insinuates
some other material that appears closer to something man made. The works have an
ambiguous reading because they are at once figurative and non figurative.
No one working in sculpture today can treat bronze with the same finesse as Cragg. He has
developed a method for casting forms that appear to be liquid or molten. Their patinas
ranging from thick dark chocolate brown to a more natural burnished green raise many
images in the mindʼs eye. For example, a recent bronze sculpture called “Luke” has a
voluptuous playful structure of circular forms that appear both to be rising up and sliding
down from their centre. He is able to imply a sense of water flowing down the back of a rock
surface in the fluid feeling he creates with bronze, one of the heaviest metals.
In the drawing space, Cragg will present a series of recent drawings that highlight his
quintessential interest in how new forms can emerge from both figures and landscapes.
To coincide with the opening of this exhibition, Craggʼs Column will be installed in the
Tuileries Gardens behind the Jeu de Paume Museum. At the moment there is a major
museum exhibition that opened in Karlsruhe, Germany (until May 3rd) and will travel to
Salzburg later this summer; a catalogue has been published by Dumont to coincide with the
museum shows and it will be available at the gallery for purchase.
Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949. He began his education by focusing on technical
studies that led him to work in a biochemistry laboratory before embarking on his art studies
at the Wimbledon School of Art. He was awarded his M.A. from the Royal College of Art in
London in 1977. He has resided in Wuppertal, Germany since 1979, and teaches at
Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts. In September 2008, Cragg opened a sculpture park,
including 16 of the artistʼs sculptures, in Wuppertal on the grounds of the famous Waldfrieden
Marie Laure Bernadac, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art at the Louvre Museum, has invited
Tony Cragg to show his work in autumn 2010.
For further information regarding this exhibition, please contact Jill Silverman at + 33 1 42 72 99 00,
To obtain visual elements, please contact Zahra Kh-Alam, email@example.com.
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