In order to enrich the park collection with works of outstanding European sculptors, the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko used the programme of the National Collections of Contemporary Art conducted by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to purchase Tony Cragg’s sculpture Elliptical Column. The work appeared in our Sculpture Park in 2016, on the occasion of the artist’s individual exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture and the Orangery Gallery, and till now it has remained in deposit. At present we can be proud of the fact that we are the only institution in Poland possessing this artist’s work in its collection.
Anthony Douglas Cragg (b. 1949 in Liverpool) belongs to the best known British and world sculptors of his generation. In his youth his work was largely inspired by Henry Moore’s and his assistant, Richard Long’s art. Cragg studied at the Wimbledon School of Art (1970–1973) and Royal College of Art, from which he graduated in 1977. He lives and works in Wuppertal. Professor Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (1988–2001), and president of this academy from 2005 to 2015; besides, professor of Universität der Künste in Berlin. Several times he participated in the Biennale in Venice, and in 1988 he represented Great Britain in the 43rd edition of the event. His works have been shown in several dozen exhibitions on all the continents. He is a laureate of many awards, including the prestigious Turner Award presented by the Tate Gallery in London (1988), he has also been honored with several honorary doctorates, and in 2016 he was knighted by the Queen Elizabeth II for his merits to art and its popularization.
The artist created his own style of abstract and figurative sculptures of organic origins. Master of form and material, Cragg believes in the vital importance of the creative process itself; starting from a sketch through the material form to finished compositions which are rather a result of experiment than deliberate actions. Throughout the last 20 years his sculptures have become more and more complex and at the same time perfect. The artist achieves excellent effects thanks to the technological capacities of his studio established in Wuppertal, where together with his team, he is producing his artworks. The dynamic and expressive forms are rotating on their axes, bending and twisting. This tendency is also represented by the Elliptical Column, sculpture made of polished stainless steel, a monumental, dynamic form which harmoniously blends in with the collection of the Orońsko Sculpture Park.
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