Author: Jed Morse; Foreword by Jeremy Strick
© 2011 Nasher Sculpture Center
12” x 9 5/8” x ¾”
126 color, 6 b&w illustrations
Cover: 4-color printed paper over board
Tony Cragg has been widely hailed as one of the leading sculptors of our time. From 1979—the year of his first solo exhibition—to the present, his work has received exceptional recognition, and the artist has been bestowed with the art world’s most prestigious awards. Over the past decade, the momentum of recognition for Cragg has only accelerated, with numerous exhibitions, especially in Europe.
Featuring approximately 30 large- and moderately-scaled sculptures, Tony Cragg: Seeing Things surveys the scope of Cragg’s production over the last twenty years, including a selection of drawings, integral to the artist's process and rarely seen in this country. During that span, Cragg has been engaged in an intensive investigation of the associative potential of sculpture. His work is rightly lauded for its formal, thematic, and material diversity and draws upon the artist’s broad intellectual interests in science, philosophy, history, sociology, politics, psychology, and poetry, as well as an intuitive and emotional response to form and material.
The generously illustrated catalogue features a scholarly essay by the Nasher’s Curator, Jed Morse, which details the various bodies of work Cragg has made throughout his career. Beginning with performed sculptures and documented actions from the 1970s and continuing through several of Cragg’s distinct bodies of work, the essay surveys the artist’s career, providing the reader with a firm grasp of the scope of Cragg’s practice within the context of modern and contemporary sculpture.