Tony Cragg RA

I went tonight to the annual Art, society and medicine lecture held jointly by the Royal Society of Medicine and the RA.   It was given this year by Tony Cragg who gave an extraordinarily and enjoyably robust defence of the specialness and autonomy of art:  against commentators who do not understand art even when they write about it;  against scientists;  against architects even though his daughter is an architect;  against designers;  against anyone who is creating something for a particular purpose rather than through pure invention of form.   It was refreshing hearing someone who had such a clearly stated and explicit view about art and its practice.