Tony Cragg

1949 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Tony Cragg is an established artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Tony Cragg was born in 1949. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Tony Cragg's work is available on display in 25 galleries recorded on Artland. Galleries include 18 Davies Street Gallery, Tornabuoni Art London, as well as Marian Goodman Gallery | London in the United Kingdom. Tony Cragg's work has most recently been exhibited at Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom (19 November 2019 until 28 February 2020) with the exhibition Stacks. Tony Cragg's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Crown Point Press in the ’80s (08 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) at Crown Point Press in San Francisco and MAJOR CONTEMPORARY WORKS (15 May 2019 - 30 August 2019) at Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. Tony Cragg's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Solo Exhibition and took place at Buchmann Galerie in Berlin, Germany from the 17 November 2018 to 16 February 2019.

Tony Cragg in private collections

On Artland, Edwin Visser includes works by Tony Cragg, but also others by Won Sou-Yeol, Shahnaz Aghayeva, and Liam Fallon, critically acclaimed artists and prominent figures of the Art World.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Tony Cragg

Born in 1949, Tony Cragg's creative work was largely influenced by the 1960s. Art turned into a vehicle for dogmas and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing simultaneously as the most significant art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting inspired by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first elements of what would be known as Conceptual art were blossoming. Minimalism developed the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the lingering angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Tony Cragg

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 7

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