The value of Tony Cragg sculptures varies based on the size, materials and subject. Large sculptures sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, while smaller sculptures sell for $10,000 – $20,000. The most expensive sculpture sold for $812,000. Tony Cragg drawings and paintings sell for $1,000 to $10,000.
What kind of art does Tony Cragg make?
Tony Cragg was first known for his installation art and sculptures using found objects. His early, stacked works present a taxonomical understanding of the world, and he has said that he sees manmade objects as “fossilized keys to a past time which is our present”. So too, the floor and wall arrangements of objects that he started making in the 1980s blur the line between manmade and natural landscapes. (3)
Throughout the 1990s Cragg continued to develop two larger groups of work that have sustained his production up to the present: the “Early Forms” and the “Rational Beings”. The Early Forms can be characterized as forms transmutating along a bilaterally curved axis, often with organic, even figurative, qualities. The Rational Beings are describable as organic looking forms often made of carbon fiber on a core of polystyrene. (2)
The sculptures from the latest decade may appear “abstract” but they can still evoke feelings, ideas, fantasies and allusions to something we believe we have seen and experienced before. According to Cragg himself, his sculptures are “fictional entities where decisions are made entirely on an aesthetic basis.” (5)
Amongst new developments in Cragg’s work is an increase in sculptures that can be exhibited outdoors; more works wrought from bronze, steel, stone, wood and glass; as well as a vigorous return to his initial interest in art – that of drawing.(2)
Sometimes these drawings functioned as blueprints for the sculptures. But above all, the drawings reveal how the sculptures arose just as much out of their material, and from the process which that demands, as they arose from conscious planning and thought. (5)
How many sculptures did Tony Cragg make?
Dozens of Tony Cragg sculptures with prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars have sold at auction in past years. Hundreds of other works, from smaller sculptures to drawings and installation art have sold with prices ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.
Which Tony Cragg works are the most valuable?
In 2011 Cragg’s shimmering eleven foot spiral, ’Divide’ doubled auction estimates and trebled his previous auction record, selling for $812,500. (4)
A similar but smaller five foot tall piece called “Hardline” realized $492,500 at auction. Several large sculptures have sold in the price range of $100,000 – $500,000.
In 2015 a small bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg was sold for $75,000 by Heritage Auctions. The work entitled “Outlook” was created in 2008. A bronze with brown patina, the work measures 22 x 21-1/2 x 18 inches. Heritage sold the sculpture on behalf of the artist.
Another sculpture of similar size and design was sold by Christie’s in 2018 for $75,000.
The work titled Off the Mountain, in bronze, measures 27 ½ x 23 ¾ x 15 ½ in. and was made in 2012. (6)
Is Tony Cragg Still Alive?
Yes, sculptor Tony Cragg currently lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool, UK. He studied art at Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, Cheltenham, from 1968 to 1970, and painting at the Wimbledon School of Art, London, from 1970 to 1973. The same year he went on to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London, completing an MA in 1977. In 2016 Sir Anthony Cragg was knighted by the UK.
What museums exhibit sculptures by Tony Cragg?
His works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others.(1)
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