Tony Cragg: Sculptures and Drawings
30 July – 6 November 2011
This exhibition of more than 50 major pieces offers a retrospective of the Turner Prize-winning British sculptor's career, offering representative work from his early and more recent output.
Such is the monumental scale of much of Cragg's work that the exhibition will fill the whole ground floor of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.Born in Liverpool in 1949, Cragg studied at the Royal College of Art in London before settling in Germany in 1977. He came to prominence around this time for works composed of brightly coloured plastic objects and various man-made materials.Since the mid-1980s has worked extensively with the more traditional materials of bronze, glass, stainless steel and wood.Cragg has said of his work: 'There is this idea that sculpture is static, or maybe even dead, but I feel absolutely contrary to that. I'm not a religious person " I'm an absolute materialist " and for me material is exciting and ultimately sublime. 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.'