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Dallas hosts 1st major US showing of British-born sculptor Cragg's work in nearly 20 years
DALLAS (AP) ' Tony Cragg, a British-born sculptor who rose to prominence in the 1980s making sculptures solely from materials he found, is opening his first major U.S. exhibition in almost 20 years.
The exhibit, "Tony Cragg: Seeing Things," runs through Jan. 8 at the Nasher Sculpture Center and features about 30 sculptures, most of which were made in the last decade.
"Tony Cragg is widely held as one of the most important artists of our times, particularly in sculpture," said museum curator Jed Morse.
"I think he's incredibly inventive and unlike a lot of artists he doesn't have a signature style," Morse said. "He has an incredibly diverse body of work."
Cragg's work has been featured in galleries and museums all over the world, but his last major U.S. exhibition ended in 1992 and Morse said he thinks the Dallas show was long overdue.
"He's been doing so much fantastic work that hasn't been available for the general museum-going audience in the United States," Morse said.
Cragg said his work has evolved from working with found materials, which he did into the 1980s, to using materials like wood and metals to create different forms.
"The work now is much more reliant on controlling the materials, making new forms with material," he said.
Among the works featured in the exhibit are sculptures that, when viewed from a certain angle, reveal faces. Another piece is comprised of a wooden boat covered in metal hooks with all of its contents covered in the hooks as well.
The boat, he said, is "a little bit a viral work." ''Viruses attach to things. It gives the whole work an energy," he said.
Another sculpture is completely covered in dice. Inspired, he said, after spotting a bag of dice in a second-hand store.
Some of his sculptures represent forms morphing into other forms. One sculpture, for instance, portrays several vessels morphing into each other, including a shampoo bottle morphing into a disinfectant bottle.
"You work with it until you make a new form, which is a completely new form," he said.
Morse said Cragg's works are "incredibly imaginative forms that are evocative of so many things."
Cragg, who had an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris this year that included one of his works being placed beneath the museum's pyramid, was born in Liverpool in 1949 but has lived and worked in Germany since the late 1970s.
The Nasher Sculpture Center, located in downtown Dallas, is dedicated to the study and display of modern and contemporary sculpture.
Nasher Sculpture Center, www.nashersculpturecenter.org/