Tony Cragg

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Tony Cragg
a tall windswept-looking abstract sculpture
Mean Average, 2014, in the Remigiusplatz, Bonn, Germany
Born (1949-04-09) 9 April 1949 (age 65)
Known for Sculpture
Awards Turner Prize (1988)

Anthony Douglas Cragg, CBE RA (born 9 April 1949) is a British sculptor.

Ferryman Bronze, 1997

Early life and training[edit]

Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool[1] on 9 April 1949.[2] Between 1966 and 1968 he worked as a lab technician for the National Rubber Producers' Research Association. In 1969 he enrolled in the foundation course at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art from 1970 to 1973, and then until 1977 at the Royal College of Art.[3] Cragg moved to Wuppertal, in North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany in 1977, and in 1978 began teaching at the Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf.[3]



Cragg was selected to represent Britain at the 43rd Venice Biennale in 1988, and won the Turner Prize in the same year. In 2001 he received the now discontinued Shakespeare Prize of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation of Hamburg.[4] He was made a CBE for services to art in the 2002 New Year Honours List,[5] and also won the Piepenbrock Prize for Sculpture in that year.[6][7] In 2007 he received the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture of the Imperial House of Japan for the Japan Art Association.[2]

a tall open patinated bronze sculpture
Caldera (2008), in the Makartplatz, Salzburg, Austria 
a shiny steel sculpture, seemingly abstract
Distant Cousin 
an unstable column of circular elements
Wirbelsäule - the articulated column, in Viersen 
detail showing repeated numbers
Wirbelsäule, detail 
three unidentifiable elements, one like a tall figure or column
Auf der Lichtung (1997) in Bielefeld 
a shiny steel worm
I'm Alive, in Wuppertal 


  1. ^ James Hall (22 July 2011). Tony Cragg and the sculpture wars. The Guardian. Accessed October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Anthony Douglas (Tony) CRAGG. Debrett's. Accessed October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Tony Cragg RA. Royal Academy of Arts. Accessed October 2014.
  4. ^ Shakespeare-Preis; und ein Shakespeare-Studienstipendium (in German). Alfred Toepfer Foundation. Archived 19 June 2002.
  5. ^ [s.n.] (31 December 2001). Honours shared across England. BBC News. Accessed October 2014.
  6. ^ Robert Ayers (10 May 2007). Tony Cragg. ArtInfo. Archived 6 September 2008.
  7. ^ [s.n.] (28 August 2002). Piepenbrock Preis: Anthony Cragg ist Meister der Skulptur (in German). Spiegel-Online. Accessed October 2014.

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