Richard Deacon

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Richard Deacon RA, CBE

Born: 1949, Bangor, Wales

Studio: London, England

Education:
Somerset College of Art, Taunton;
St. Martin’s School of Art, London;
Royal College of Art, London;
Chelsea School of Art, London, England
Video interview here

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Since 1981 Deacon has participated in many key group exhibitions throughout the world. A major retrospective of his work, 'The Missing Part', was shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, in 2010, travelling to the Sprengel Museum in Hannover in 2011. Kunstmuseum Winterthur's 10 year survey tours to the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan and the Langen Foundation in Neuss, Germany in 2016. A full retrospective of his prints and drawings will be presented at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany in 2016.

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Since the beginning of the 1970s Deacon has written extensively on his own practice and in relation to contemporary art in general. A selection of these texts was re-published in the catalogue to 'The Missing Part', and a Spanish edition of selected writings was published in 2012 by the Universidad Pública de Navarra. 'So, And, If, But – Selected Writing 1970 – 2012' was published (in English and German editions) by the Richter Verlag in 2013. 'Richard Deacon: In Between', a ninety minute film by the filmmaker Claudia Schmidt, was put on general release in April 2015.

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For Plinth supporting Ikon 50, Deacon has created a cast-concrete limited edition, based upon a study made from steamed and twisted English ash. He says,

“A couple of years ago Matthew Perry did some tests for me to find out whether we could twist small pieces of wood reliably and accurately. One of the samples is of five 30cm lengths of ash, 1.5 x 1.5 cm section, each twisted end to end through 180°, three right-handed, two left-handed. The five pieces are held at each end between short lengths of wood. It’s a wonderfully simple object – really just a test – but I liked its subtlety so much that I always wanted to make it an edition. Cast in concrete it loses none of that simplicity and also becomes both statuesque and wonderfully reminiscent of the richness of cast concrete on brutalist architecture.”

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Richard Deacon won the Turner Prize in 1987 and the Robert Jakobsen Prize, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, in 1995. In 1997 he was awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, France, elected a Royal Academician in 1998 and made CBE in 1999. In 2005 the University of Leicester awarded him an honorary doctorate. He was elected a member of the Akademie der Kunst in Berlin in 2010.

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