Tony Cragg exhibition opens in China
This exhibition, forming the British Council's flagship arts project for UK NOW, was first staged in the summer of 2011 at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Although Cragg has shown individual works in China, this is the first opportunity for a Chinese audience to explore his work in depth.
Cragg has personally selected the works featured in this exciting exhibition himself and has included both indoor and outdoor pieces, such as three of his most recent works; Companions, Manipulation and Versus which were shown for the first time They were received in Texas, USA, in January 2012 to great acclaim.
Born in Liverpool in 1949, Cragg began his career as a laboratory assistant, helping to test, manipulate and develop different types of rubber. During this time he also studied art and began to use drawing to understand the experiments in the laboratory. Gradually, these drawings came to have more significance for him than the experiments themselves.
Cragg’s background in science partly informed his imaginative approach to making sculptures. His work reflects an intense curiosity that has driven him to create, test, push and pull materials, to see what each one does most naturally: this has been a defining characteristic of Cragg’s work throughout his career. Cragg’s exhibitions have been toured extensively across Europe and the USA for thirty-five years.
The exhibition runs until 15th April and then tours to Chengdu and Shanghai.