Baku, Azerbaijan, March 27
A solo exhibition of Tony Cragg, one of the most prominent figures of modern art, a renowned UK sculptor, is to be held at the Heydar Aliyev Center on April 9.
A joint project of the Heydar Aliyev Center and the Tony Cragg Studio, the exhibition will last until August 31 and present 28 of Cragg's works.
Born on April 9, 1949 in Liverpool (UK), Cragg started working at the National Rubber Producers Research Association in 1966-1968.
The places of his further training include Glocestershire College of Art, Chetlenham (1969-1970), undergraduate study at Wimbledon School of Art (1970-1973) and graduate classes at the Royal College of Art (1973-1977).
Upon completion of the studies, Tony Cragg moved to Wuppertal, Germany, in 1977 where he launched a set of personal exhibitions. At the moment, Cragg is the Principal of the Art Academy (Kunstakademie) in Dusseldorf.
In the beginning of his work, Cragg became famous for the adaptive re-use of waste, used materials and scrap metal constructions.
Today his works can be seen in many parts of the world. Statues and monuments crafted of bronze, marble, wood, oak-tree, plastic, ceramics, porcelain and glass are not only cherished in various museums but adorn streets, squares, public and corporate space in London, Liverpool, Basel, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Washington DC, Atlanta, Stockholm and other cities.
Cragg received a prestigious Turner Award in 1988 and the Empire Award of Japan in 2007. So far, more than 350 exhibitions of his works have been organized.
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