Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tony Cragg " Figure out / Figure in " at the Louvre

As a counterpoint to the presentation at the Louvre of the first retrospective in France devoted to the Austrian sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-1783), the museum plays host to a group of sculptures by the British contemporary artist Tony Cragg, displayed in the Cour Marly and the Cour Puget. In addition, a new sculpture by the artist, produced especially for this exhibition, features under I.M. Pei's pyramid.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Tony Cragg has lived and worked in Wuppertal, Germany since 1977. Cragg has explored a wide variety of types of practice in sculpture and has made vast contributions to contemporary debates on sculpture. While his early works in the 1970s were mostly created using recovered objects, in his later work Cragg has used more traditional materials, such as wood, bronze, steel and marble, continually renewing his repertoire of forms, reaching towards an abstract appreciation of the human body.

A day at the Louvre......
Figure out / Figure in
Versus, 2010
Red wood

Ferryman, 2010

Ferryman, 2010
Sharing, 2005

Accurate Figure, 2010

Manipulation, 2010

Red figure, 2010

Untitled, 2010

Runner, 2009

Elbow, 2008

Photographs by Charles Duprat
Tony Cragg "Figure out / Figure in" is currently on view at the Louvre
From January 28 to April 25, 2011

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