Sale: 534 / Contemporary Art Day Sale, Dec. 09. 2022 in Munich Lot 122

 

122
Tony Cragg
Scribe, 2009.
Bronze with black patina
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 94,000
Sold:
€ 125,000 / $ 117,500

(incl. surcharge)
Scribe. 2009.
Bronze with black patina.
With the monogram and the foundry mark (Schmäke, Düsseldorf) on the underside. Unique object. 110 x 35 x 35 cm (43.3 x 13.7 x 13.7 in).
Cast at art foundry Schmäke, Düsseldorf (with the foundry stamp).
• Tony Cragg is one of the most important international sculptors.
• Archaic elementary abstraction in a technically perfect surface finish.
• Unique
• Tony Cragg's sculptures are in many renowned collections, such as Tate Gallery, London, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and the Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal
.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, 2011.
Private collection (acquired from the above).
Private collection Rhineland Palatinate.

LITERATURE: www.tony-cragg.com/works/sculptures/2000-2009/scribe.html (read on September 19, 2022 at 1:10 pm).

Tony Cragg develops the important series of works "Points of View" based on the motif of the head. He overcomes the bronze’s massiveness with twisted forms layered like discs that dynamically reach out to all sides. In our sculpture, Tony Cragg also takes up one of the basic questions of sculpting, that is the inside and outside, he addresses the aspect of opening out from inside in the stacked abstract forms. Despite the formal deconstruction in the present work, associations of distorted profile heads can be observed depending on the perspective, combined with the opening forms and the loop-like arms that encompass space. The layered structures in Tony Cragg's works from his important late creative period uniquely oscillate between non-objectivity and biomorphism, probing the boundaries between abstraction and representation, between free form and figurative associations. Materiality, or the reversal of the heaviness of the material, is an important aspect of creation in Tony Cragg's work. The outstanding treatment of the surface, here a slightly matte black, asks observers to reconsider their familiar notions of material. [EH]



122
Tony Cragg
Scribe, 2009.
Bronze with black patina
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 94,000
Sold:
€ 125,000 / $ 117,500

(incl. surcharge)