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  • Provenance

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    Trained as a scientist, Tony Cragg creates art that investigates the synthesis between the natural and material worlds. The sheer physicality of organic and synthetic objects forms the basis of his arresting and complex visual vocabulary. Cragg’s creations, like those of nature, are endlessly varied, ranging from witty works that involve stacking and accumulation to highly-finished carved figures and grand standing vessels. This work, Conical Flask, is a striking curvilinear vessel cast from highly polished and patinated bronze. Its sinuous, biomorphic form conjures up notions of metamorphosis and evolution, even embryology. Appearing as if caught in a state of perpetual flux somewhere between abstraction and figuration, Conical Flask can be seen as a metaphor for, and a meditation upon, contemporary life.

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Conical Flask

2000
Bronze with black patina.
56 x 56 x 33 cm (22 x 22 x 13 in).
Incised with signature, foundry seal and numbered of six on the underside. This work is from an edition of six.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010
London