Spectrum, Tony Cragg
Tony Cragg
Spectrum
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Tony Cragg

Spectrum, 1979


Dimensions
length: 550.0 cm
width: 260.0 cm
Inventory Number
ALH 113
Acquisition
Acquired in 2016 with funds from the Adolf und Luisa Haueser-Stiftung. Property of the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst- und Kulturpflege
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The sculptor Tony Cragg collected the finds for his early floor and wall works on the shores of the sea. "Spectrum" feeds on plastic waste from everyday objects that blend into a modernist colour field. From a bottle opener, a kitchen sieve, a crushed can, a plastic flower, a broken parking disc and countless other industrially produced plastic parts, Cragg composes an abstract floor image that at the same time directs our attention to the visual potential of the objects. He selects the found objects according to their colourfulness and arranges the individual elements into a rainbow: a carpet out of rubbish from our disposable society. The artist removes the forgotten artefact from the homogeneous mass of the waste and gives the "found object" (from the French "objet trouvé") a new value. He gives the waste product back its sign status in order to generate a process of reflection on man's artificial − and artistic − legacies.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Spectrum (Original Title)
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Material

Property and Acquisition

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Picture Copyright
© Tony Cragg
Acquisition
Acquired in 2016 with funds from the Adolf und Luisa Haueser-Stiftung. Property of the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst- und Kulturpflege

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 44E54 litter, rubbish, garbage ~ street sweeping
  • 41A779 container of synthetic material
  • 43C78 (playing with) toys
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints

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Last import

20.08.2019