About this artwork

This was the first work by Cragg to enter the collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It was made at a crucial point in Cragg's career, when his sculpture was developing a more monumental quality. With its coat-stand, suitcase and milk-churn held in the grip of a wriggling length of plastic sewage pipes, Kahzenarbeit is a modern reworking of the classical sculpture of Laöcoon, which depicts the said hero and his two sons being squeezed to death by a giant serpent.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Tony CraggEnglish (born 1949)
  • title:
    Kahzernarbeit
  • date created:
    1985
  • materials:
    Wooden coat-stand with brass hooks; plastic waste-pipe elements; suitcase in imitation leather with metal hinges and fixtures; metal milk churn with plastic top and string
  • measurements:
    184.50 x 259.00 x 103.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1999
  • accession number:
    GMA 4293
  • gallery:
  • glossary:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg