Thanks to the generosity of Jacques and Céline Lamarre, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has acquired Sharing (2005), a major work by Tony Cragg. The British artist came to international prominence with a body of work that explored the sculptural possibilities of everyday objects, which he composes into figurative forms, inviting viewers to reflect on their relationship with natural as well as synthetic materials. This work is a combined portrait of three members of Cragg’s team bound in the shared skin of the continuous perforated bronze. Sharing might also be understood as part of Cragg’s enduring exploration of the porousness of human thought. Shown at the Louvre in 2011 for the exhibition Tony Cragg – Figure Out / Figure In, Sharing is the first work by this artist to enter the MMFA’s collection.
Tony Cragg (born in 1949), Sharing, 2005, bronze, cast Schmäke, Düsseldorf, 98 x 109 x 108 cm. MMFA, gift of Jacques and Céline Lamarre. © Tony Cragg / SOCAN (2019). Photo: Christine Guest.