British sculptor Tony Cragg opens exhibition in Lima

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The central courtyard of Lima’s

Museum of
Art has been invaded by ten remarkable sculptures. They are not exactly figurative, but they do bring primordial forms to mind. The sculptor is Englishman Tony Cragg, a leading light in the international art world, who has come to
Lima to exhibit some of the most representative pieces of his work from 1995-2006. 

The show is characterized by a search for artistic possibilities in the use of materials. Cragg’s knowledge of chemistry (he worked as a laboratory technician before becoming an artist) has allowed him to fully explore the possibilities of different media: plastic, rubber, glass, wood, bronze, aluminum, wax, marble and found objects. 

He uses a wide range of techniques and resources. In his opinion, the artist should have total knowledge of the material that he works with – and so he assembles, juxtaposes, carves, links, performs and constructs: 

“I make no attempt to define my work. It becomes more complicated and gains new possibilities as I move in more directions. It’s a work in progress starting from thoughts about material. I am not a conceptual artist. I don’t sit down and think about whether an idea is good or bad: there is no link between good ideas and art. I believe in dialogue with the material,” he says. 

Notion of space 

This dialogue with the object is what makes possible the emergence of form, a poetic dimension that the sculptor works in. “Space is, in essence, another component when you make a sculpture. Sculpture offers us a wide range of options.” 

Cragg’s sculpture rebels against the globalized ‘order of the same’. As he puts it, “our world is boring and mediocre; we live in a world that looks for the easy solutions so as not to achieve any change. We have a park and path like absolutely any other park and any other path in the world. 99% is the same, wherever you go”. To him sculpture is a radical, political, social and artistic gesture.

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Tony Cragg 

Born in
Liverpool in 1949. Has been living and working in
Wuppertal, Germany, since 1977.
Was a key figure in the minimalist movement in the 1970s.Has received honors from France, Spain, England, and
Hungary.
 

The exhibition will run in the central courtyard of the
Museum of
Art in
Lima (Paseo Colon 125) until June 17th.

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