Tony Cragg

Lisson Gallery | 27 Bell Street | London

On the evidence of this show, Tony Cragg has been taking it easy for the last few months. Following his successful showing at Venice last summer, expectations for this new work were understandably high. Yet when confronted with the lack of imaginative breadth of this work, it was difficult not to be disappointed.

Pebbles, 1988, seemed to be an ironic commentary on the perception of Cragg as a “junk sculptor.” The anonymous “pebbles” are, in fact, pieces of polystyrene flotsam, worn smooth and stained. Strewn on the gallery floor, they appear, to the casual glance, indistinguishable from the other constituents on any beach upon which they might be washed up. Placed on top of the heap is an outsize cast, also in polystyrene, of a sauce bottle. Although tongue-in-cheek, and ultimately as throwaway as its constituent parts suggest, this was the only work in the exhibition that revealed Cragg’s

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