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O.T. nº 287, 1993

Work on paper (unique), 58.5 x 82.5 cm

(...)All first showed their mature work around 1980-1981. It was shortly after this that they were packaged together to constitute a group which could provide both an answer to the previous “generations” who had dominated British sculpture since the war, and a much-needed counterpart to those young nationals, such as the Italian Transvanguardia, and the German Neue Wilden, then emerging abroad. But not only is the notion of a succession of generations in post-war British sculpture a problematic one, what is held in common is insufficient to distinguish these artists from certain others of a similar age concurrently making three-dimensional work elsewhere, such as the German Harald Klingelhöllen. Furthermore, the “New British Sculptors” share little with those figurative expressionistic painters who were concurrently gaining international art world attention. Their roots, by contrast, lie not in painting or conceptual art but in debates that centred on the extended forms of sculpture which developed during
the later sixties, including land art, process art, and installations. Nonetheless, what is shared goes beyond a certain aesthetic tradition, or legacy. More significant than the fact that these artists belong to the same generation, loosely speaking (all were born between 1948 and 1955), is their attendance at one or more major art college in London during the seventies. Equally important is the fact that after experimenting with various types of performance, installation and/or conceptually based work, by the end of the decade all had gradually begun to concentrate on self-sufficient, relatively contained, fixed objects: objects which, moreover, were made by hand, and were fabricated rather than crafted from mundane, familiar materials.

Lynne Cooke, 1988


Technical details

Original title:
O.T. nº 287
Registration number:
1746
Artist:
Cragg, Tony
Date created:
1993
Date acquired:
2001
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Work on paper (unique)
Media:
Felt-tip pen on paper
Dimensions:
58.5 x 82.5 cm (height x width)
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Private long-term loan, Barcelona
Copyright:
© Tony Cragg, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating.
Karla Black