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Tony Cragg, Migrant, 2015, bronze, 86 5/8 × 59 × 57 7/8". Photo: Michael Richter.

Tony Cragg

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tony Cragg, Migrant, 2015, bronze, 86 5/8 × 59 × 57 7/8". Photo: Michael Richter.

Peter Murray, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s director and the curator of “A Rare Category of Objects,” described the show as a survey rather than a retrospective of Tony Cragg’s work—a representation of the “state of [the artist’s] thinking at present.” With fourteen large sculptures dotting the grounds, and 143 works including drawings, prints, and photographs as well as sculpture housed in four galleries and a small project space, the exhibition consists mostly of recent pieces, interspersed with a handful of key historic ones. 

The park’s Underground Gallery houses the bulk of the show: sculptures in the round resting on the floor or on plinths. These works include several of Cragg’s “Early Forms,” 1987–, derived from vessels used by humans since prehistoric times, and a more recent series inspired by the very English passion for shrubbery: “Hedges,” 2008–. In addition,

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