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Red S, 1983

Tony Cragg
British, 1949
found objects in metal, plastic, and wood
94 x 315 x 348 cm assembled
Purchased 1984
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28624)

Tony Cragg is one of Britain’s foremost living sculptors. His practice combines figurative and abstract traditions to create sculptures that are at once familiar yet confuse perception. Cragg’s work from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s comprised mainly found objects that he would arrange into quasi-recognizable cognitive forms. The letter-shape in the installation "Red S" derives from the consistent colour and a descending arrangement of these industrial and household readymade items that suggest a sweeping view of a modern city. The artist’s in-situ works from this period are an attempt to “draw” with objects so as to conflate the different orders of aesthetic production and consumption between the studio, the museum, and culture at large.




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