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Mixed Media
Courtesy the Artist and British Council Collection
© DACS 2015

Minster is an arrangement of circular machine parts that creates the outline of something familiar; perhaps a view of mountain peaks, spires or chimneys? The Industrial Revolution introduced a verticality in the landscape that was once the preserve of church or cathedral spires. Tony Cragg has created an eloquent post-industrial object that marks the passage from the pastoral to the industrial, but it speaks of how once efficient and durable objects become obsolete and worthless.

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg is one of the world's most foremost sculptors. Constantly pushing to find new relations between people and the material world, he works with found objects and raw matter of various kinds. Cragg understands sculpture as a study of how material and material forms affect and form our ideas and emotions.

Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool, UK in 1949 and has lived and worked in Wuppertal, Germany since 1977. He has a BA from Wimbledon School of Art and an MA from the Royal College of Art. Among many major solo shows he has exhibited at CAFA Museum in Beijing (2012); the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (2011); Tate Gallery Liverpool, UK (2000); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid (1995); Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1991) and Tate Gallery, London (1988). He represented Britain at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 1988 and in the same year was awarded the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery, London.