Sculpture Milwaukee work earns place outside City Hall
Tony Cragg’s Mixed Feelings donated anonymously through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March 30, 2018) – Sculpture Milwaukee, an outdoor urban sculpture experience that debuted last year along Wisconsin Avenue, is making a permanent impact on downtown Milwaukee. An anonymous donor of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is providing a grant to Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 to acquire Tony Cragg’s Mixed Feelings, 2010 for an undisclosed amount and donate the art to the community. The work is being gifted to the City of Milwaukee and will go before the Common Council for approval on April 17. Installation is slated to occur next month outside City Hall.
“On behalf of the residents of the City of Milwaukee, I am happy to accept this donation of the Mixed Feelings sculpture created by world-renowned artist Tony Cragg,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “Mixed Feelings was part of last year’s Sculpture Milwaukee public art display in downtown Milwaukee, and I am pleased that through the generosity of a local anonymous donor, this sculpture will continue to inspire and provide beauty when it comes to live at City Hall.”
Tony Cragg is an internationally acclaimed British artist best known for abstract forms in varying materials. One-person shows of his work have been held at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; Tate Gallery, Liverpool; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and Tate Gallery, London.
Cragg represented Britain at the 43rd Venice Biennale in 1988, and the same year was awarded the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery. He was made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2003.
“Sculpture Milwaukee brings internationally renowned works to Milwaukee and makes them accessible to our community,” said Steve Marcus, chair of Sculpture Milwaukee. “The legacy of public art in Milwaukee will carry on with this tremendous gift to the City of Milwaukee.”
Mixed Feelings, 2010 is an immense glowing monument, formed by two intertwining bronze towers, pushing together and pulling apart as they spiral towards the sky. As the viewer circles the piece, human profiles come into and out of focus. Each tower of feeling exerts a gravitational pull on the other, creating a unique, pulsating form of energy. Cragg breaks down the barrier between abstraction and figuration, creating art that mirrors the fullness of the world in which we live. Mixed Feelings, 2010 was on loan to Sculpture Milwaukee courtesy of the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. The piece is 216 1/2” x 92 7/8” x 88 3/16” and made of bronze.
Mixed Feelings, 2010 is slated to be installed on April 30 at the northeast corner of Wells and Water streets. Methods & Materials of Chicago will install the sculpture in cooperation with the Department of Public Works with all costs covered by the donor through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
“This generous donation will always remind us of the success of the 2017 Sculpture Milwaukee project in bringing such world-class artwork to our City,” said DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korban.
Sculpture Milwaukee 2017 was on view June 1 – Oct. 22. Featuring 22 sculptures by 21 artists, the pieces were positioned along Wisconsin Avenue from 6th Street to Prospect Avenue and were free to the public.
About Sculpture Milwaukee
Sculpture Milwaukee is the vision of Steve Marcus, a local philanthropist and chairman of the board of The Marcus Corporation. Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21, a 501(c)(3) organization, serves as the administrative arm of the project with many Milwaukee organizations and institutions lending their support. The 2017 installation, curated by Russell Bowman, featured 22 sculptures and 21 regional, national and international artists – Donald Baechler, Lynda Benglis, Chakaia Booker, Deborah Butterfield, Santiago Calatrava, Saint Clair Cemin, Tony Cragg, Jim Dine, Paul Druecke, Michelle Grabner, John Henry, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim, Tom Otterness, Will Ryman, Alison Saar, Joel Shapiro, Jessica Stockholder, Tony Tasset, Manolo Valdes and Jason S. Yi. The installation was a gift to the community made possible through grants, in-kind donations and sponsorships. For more information, visit www.sculpturemilwaukee.com or call 414.220.4700.
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