Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce new prints by Germany-based British artist, Tony Cragg. The show opens on Friday, January 28, 2011 and continues through Friday, February 18, 2011. The opening reception is on Friday, January 28 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District, Last Friday Artwalk.
ABOUT - TONY CRAGG
Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949. He worked as a laboratory technician at the Natural Rubber Producers Research Association (1966-68) before attending Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham College, and the Royal College of Art, London (1973-77). He has lived and worked in Wuppertal, Germany, since 1977. In 1978, he began teaching at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, where he still teaches.
Cragg’s main artistic expression is sculpture; however prints are also a strong showcase in his oeuvre. His series’ Test Tubes and Bottles are some of the most recognizable and are being represented in the show. In sculpture, he works in metal, glass, and plastic fabrication, as well as in traditional sculpture materials, and applies a casually exquisite draftsmanship to drawings and prints. In the late 1970s, he began making wall sculptures of assembled found objects, and has said, surprisingly, that in doing so he was thinking of van Gogh. Van Gogh, Cragg explained, wrote about going through the trash as “a fantasy journey through a land of strange forms and colors.”
Cragg was elected Royal Academician in 1994. His works are in many private collections but also found extensively in many public collections, as well, like: The Tate Gallery,( London); New York Public Library (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Albertina Museum (Vienna), and the Estée Lauder Collection (New York). In 2007 he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale, a major prize for outstanding achievement in the arts given by the Japan Art Association.
(Images: Tony Cragg, Six Bottles, Large, State 1, 1988, aquatint, 14 1/2 x 24 inches (ed. 25/25 ); Test Tubes lll, 1990, aquatint, h: 9 x w: 9 in; Two Bottles, State 2, 1988, etching, h: 9.2 x w: 7.4 in; Courtesy of the artist and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art)