Some recent solo exhibitions
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin 2009, 'Add & Subtract'
Stedelijk Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch 2008, 'It's a small world: Richard Deacon sculpture'
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg 2007
Lisson Gallery, London 2005, 'Range'
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York 2004
Some recent group exhibitions
Tate Britain, London 2009, 'Art Now: Beating The Bounds'
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 2008, 'History in the Making'
Musée du Louvre, Paris 2007, 'Counterpoint III'
pressPlay: contemporary artists in conversation, London: Phaidon 2005
Sylvie Coellier, Sculpture de Derain à Séchas, Paris: Editions du Centre Pompidou 2003
Iwona Blazwick, Simon Wilson (ed.), Tate Modern: the handbook, London: Tate Modern 2000
Selected public and corporate collections
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL • Tate Britain, London, UK • Tate Modern, London, UK • National Museum Cardiff, UK • Leeds City Art Gallery, UK • Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK • Manchester Art Gallery, UK • Southampton City Art Gallery, UK • MUHKA, Antwerp, BE • Kunstmuseum Luzern, CH • K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - im Ständehaus, Dusseldorf, DE • MACBA, Barcelona, ES • Musée d'art moderne Lille métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq, FR • MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, US
Richard Deacon has been a leading figure in British sculpture since the 1980s. His consistently innovative use of form and his interest in materials and their manipulation make him one of the most inventive artists of our time. Throughout his career, Deacon worked with a diverse range of materials including laminated wood, polycarbonate, leather cloth, stainless steel and clay. He explains: 'Changing materials from one work to the next is a way of beginning again each time and thus of finishing what had gone before.' His handbuilt ceramic works are inspired by the simple gestures of how the material reacts to methods of construction and manipulation; hollowing, carving, piling and squashing become techniques in themselves. His constructions are often of an unexpected scale, ranging from the domestic to the monumental. Deacon seeks inspiration from literature, including Greek myths, the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and language in general.
Richard Deacon is a former advisor at the Rijksakademie.
Deacon won the Turner Prize in 1987 and was made Chevalier de 1'Orde des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 1996.
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