Tony Cragg, “Sculpture”

Umeå, 6.11–17.12  2010


On Saturday, November 6, a new sculpture exhibition will be inaugurated at Galleri Andersson/Sandström in Umeå. Exhibitor is Tony Cragg, which has got a great deal of attention in the international world of art. Tony Cragg describes often as the master of material and associates, first of all, to his grandiose, powerful sculptures. In Umeå he will exhibit some of his new artworks, which never have been shown before.

Galleri Andersson/Sandström have had a close collaboration with Tony Cragg since 1998. When Galleri Andersson/Sandström opened up the new gallery in Stockholm, autumn 2008, Tony Cragg was the first exhibitor. The exhibition in Umeå will become his fifth one-man exhibition at Galleri Andersson/Sandström.

Tony Cragg is born in 1949 in Liverpool. Since 1977 he lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. He spends a great deal of time in Sweden because he has a studio on the Swedish island Tjörn. Cragg has an education from the Royal College of Art in London and since 2009 he is the Director of the Düsseldorf Art Academy. His breakthrough came in the beginning of 1980th and he has exhibited his artworks at nearly all of the most renowned museums and art galleries in the world. In 1988, Tony Cragg received the Turner Prize and he is Royal Academician since 1995. He is considered one of the most important sculptors in contemporary art in the world. During 2007 he received “The Nobelprice of Art”, the prestigious Praemium Imperiale.

Tony Cragg says: “When I’m involved in making sculpture, I’m looking for a system of belief or ethics in the material. I want that material to have a dynamic, to push and move and grow. I also want that to happen over the course of making things, so that as soon as one generation of sculptures has gone up, another generation is coming on and things are growing up around me. That’s how it seems to work for me.”