The first versions of this series were created as wooden sculptures as early as 2001. Shortly thereafter, Tony Cragg created his first sculpture in stainless steel. His choice was dictated by the need render the pieces more durable after receiving a commission for an open air sculpture from Japan. The first monumental versions of Points of View, standing at twelve meters tall, were commissioned by the de Fornaris Foundation for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. A year later, Tony Cragg created more versions for the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park, which he established with his wife Tatjana. The artist’s involvement in the creation of the sculpture park has been instrumental to his interest in developing sculptures displayed outdoors and in public spaces.
The State Art Gallery in Sopot exhibition showcases three types of Cragg’s works. The gallery interior is host to his sculptures and installations made of glass, along with the accompanying drawings and watercolors. On the other hand, the Northern Park in Sopot features Tony Cragg’s iconic sculptures: Points of View, Mixed Feelings, as well as Versus and Masks—all made of bronze and stainless steel—whose form oscillates between abstract and figurative sculpture, dazzling with dynamic meandering shapes.
Tony Cragg, one of best-known English artists. For more than 4 decades, he has relentlessly pursued new relationships between people and the physical world. He is a master of the material, freely using its different types such as stone, bronze, wood, metal, synthetic materials, and glass. In his sculptures, a propensity for experimentation is matched with unfailing perfection.
The exhibition of sculptures and drawings in Sopot is co-organized with the Tony Cragg Studio. It is held under the auspices of the British Council, the patronage of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the British Embassy, with the support of Hestia’s Artistic Journey and ERGO Hestia.
Subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Fund for Promotion of Culture.
Curator: Eulalia Domanowska
Author: Tony Cragg
Technique: stainless steel