11 Oct 2017

Tony Cragg

Marian Goodman Gallery

Reviewed by Jan Castro

Tony Cragg's recent sculptures challenge viewers to see the insides as well as outsides of materials.

For this exhibition, Cragg's mega-ton work was crane-lifted through the gallery's 4th story windows on 57th Street. Works in bronze, steel, aluminum, wood, and stone entail multiple processes ranging from drawing, casting, and handwork to innovative, computer-assisted visualizations. Each form is unique, labor-intensive, and visually complex.

Thicket (2016), a lyrical steel sculpture four feet high, is a playful version of the light-filled hedges where Cragg played as a child on his grandparents' farm. Sail (2017), an onyx ovoid almost six feet tall, has curving, interlocking convolutions and patterns that give the white stone a radiant light.

Each energy-filled form contains abstract, figurative, rational, and emotional elements. Cragg's art-puzzles allude to their interior spaces and suggest that the deeper knowledge of the world is as crucial to life as what we can see.

Exhibition Tony Cragg link
Start date 12 Sep 2017 (42 days ago)
End date 14 Oct 2017 (10 days ago)
Presenter Marian Goodman Gallery link
Venue 24 West 57th Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Tony Cragg, Thicket, 2016, steel, 48 3/8 x 44 1/2 x 53 1/8 inches, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery
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