Mad. Sq. Art

About Mad. Sq. Art and Madison Square Park Conservancy:

Mad. Sq. Art is the free, contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Since 2004, Mad. Sq. Art has commissioned and presented thirty premier installations in Madison Square Park by acclaimed artists ranging in practice and media. Mad. Sq. Art has exhibited works by artists including Bill Beirne, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Mark di Suvero, Rachel Feinstein, Bill Fontana, Ernie Gehr, Orly Genger, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Antony Gormley, Jene Highstein, Tadashi Kawamata, Mel Kendrick, Sol LeWitt, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Charles Long, Iván Navarro, Jacco Olivier, Roxy Paine, Rachel Feinstein, Giuseppe Penone, Jaume Plensa, Shannon Plumb, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Alison Saar, Jessica Stockholder, Leo Villareal, and William Wegman.

Major support for Mad. Sq. Art is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, Liane Ginsberg, Toby Devan Lewis, Sorgente Group of America, Tiffany & Co., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Anonymous. Substantial support is provided by The Sol LeWitt Fund for Artist Work, the Henry Luce Foundation, Danny and Audrey Meyer, Ronald A. Pizzuti, and The Rudin Family.

Ace Hotel New York is the Official Hotel Partner of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Mad. Sq. Art is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Mad. Sq. Art is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. The Madison Square Park Conservancy is a public/private partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.


Sep 18 - Feb 8, 2015

Mad. Sq. Art: Tony Cragg

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 – FEBRUARY 8, 2015

Tony Cragg’s Walks of Life consists of three monumental bronze sculptures on three lawns in the Park. Cragg’s exhibition will be on view from September 18, 2014 through February 8, 2015.

Tony Cragg’s work supplants any longstanding art historical division between abstraction and figuration: his sculptural innovation is to fuse both styles in one work and to make bronze into a malleable material. Cragg’s sculpture is characterized by repeated facial profiles and torqueing imagery that reshapes the experienced world. These forms intermingle to create vital objects where contours shift and morph, provoking the viewer to differentiate between a work of humanism and a work of dynamism.

In an interview, the artist said: “I think that sculpture is a kind of sensitizing activity and that it has a role in being a catalyst that may lead to more sensitive thinking. It’s a materialist’s too, which I would hope would also lead to a more open-minded approach to the world around us.”

Installed on the west gravel section of the Park, Cragg’s Caldera is a strapping, tumultuous sculpture that rests on three points. Viewers have the opportunity to walk beneath the work to experience its massive presence. At eighteen feet high, Mixed Feelings commands the northwest lawn. Three times human height, the object is simultaneously immense and elegant. Points of View is a tripartite work of sinuous forms which interact with one another and with the viewer on the Park’s Oval Lawn. Facial profiles zig and zag across each column’s surface. All three sculptures in this exhibition were cast specifically for Madison Square Park.

About the Artist:

Tony Cragg (b. 1949 in Liverpool; lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany) has shown internationally since the late 1970s. Recent solo exhibitions have been organized by the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; and the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Cragg’s work has appeared in two Documenta exhibitions and in four iterations of the Venice Biennale. His prior outdoor work includes commissions by the Cass Sculpture Foundation, London and a permanent installation of monumental works at the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park, Wuppertal, Germany. Cragg was awarded the Turner Prize by Tate, London in 1988. He is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and a recipient of the 1st Class Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He has been honored with the Cologne Fine Art Award, Praemium Imperiale Award, and Piepenbrock Award. Cragg is the former Director of the Düsseldorf Art Academy, where he has taught since 1988. Cragg is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.


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Photo by Yasunori Matsui.
Courtesy of the artist and Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Upcoming Events

Sep 18 - Feb 8, 2015

Mad. Sq. Art: Tony Cragg

Feb 19 - Apr 19

Mad. Sq. Art: Paula Hayes

Apr 30, 2015

Mad. Sq. Art: Teresita Fernández