January 30, 2011
Tony Cragg (born 9 April 1949) is a British visual artist specialized in sculpture.
Tony Cragg presents the new sculpture “Versus” under the glass pyramid at the Louvre.
This monumental sculpture is produced especially for this exhibition at the Louvre showing eight other sculptures in the Cour Marly and in the Cour Puget.
As part of the invitation extended to Tony Cragg, a new sculpture by the artist, produced especially for this exhibition, has been installed under I. M. Pei’s pyramid, at the entrance column. Indeed, this exhibition space was intended in the architect’s conception for the presentation of a contemporary work of art.
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 and marble, continually renewing his repertoire of forms, reaching towards an abstract appreciation of the human body. Tony Cragg was awarded the Turner Prize in 1988 and represented Great-Britain in Venice the same year. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1994. In September 2008, Cragg opened a sculpture garden in Wuppertal.