New York

Tony Cragg

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

The work in Tony Cragg’s recent exhibition marks a significant shift away from the imagistic assembled sculpture for which he is known. Although some of the new pieces are collections of objects, his arrangements of myriad minute fragments have been replaced for the most part by large unitary forms, or by works in which two or three objects are joined in tight compositions. Cragg’s most typical material, plastic, has given way here to more traditional media—clay, metal, glass, and wood—presented in a more traditional relationship to the supporting floor. However, these differences are somewhat superficial, for the works develop and refine Cragg’s decade-long deliberation on the relationship between industrial society and nature.

The six sculptures shown here (all from 1987) are products of Cragg’s reflective survey of the world around him and his sharp inquiry into the limitations of human

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