Richard Deacon

Born in Bangor, Wales, in 1949, Richard Deacon has emerged as one of Britain’s most celebrated sculptors.

From an early stage in his career, Deacon experimented with different media and forms of expression. Drawing and writing, for instance in documenting performance, are an integral part of his practice. In his sculptural work, he uses a wide range of materials, including laminated plywood, concrete, stainless steel, and clay. These structures noticeably emerge from a deeply held interest in the nature of these materials themselves, as well as the way their form may relate to human association or sensory experience. Often seeming abstract at first glance, the sculptures’ forms billow, churn and ripple, approximating the anatomical, suggesting recognizable or organic shapes to the viewer without ever collapsing completely into the already familiar.

In addition to his work as an artist, Richard Deacon held professorships at the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and other institutions.

Aside from numerous solo shows in museums in Europe, America and Asia, he has participated in many of the most significant survey exhibitions including the Carnegie International, documenta and Sculpture Projects, Münster. His works may be found in leading collections all over the world, including the Tate Gallery (London), the Centre George Pompidou (Paris), the Reina Sofia (Madrid), The Museum of Modern Art (New York City), and the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington).

Deacon is the recipient of the 1987 Turner Prize and has been made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996. In 1997, he was awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture in France, and was elected a Royal Academician in 1998. The Akademie der Künste in Berlin elected him a member in 2010.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Museum Of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
Solo exhibition
December 2, 2017 – March 10, 2018

Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn, Germany
About Time
Solo exhibition
October 29, 2017 – February 25, 2018

National Museum Cardiff
Who Decides?
Group exhibition
28 October 2017 – 2 September 2018   

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Thirty Pieces
Solo exhibition
March 10 – April 29, 2017

Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
Solo exhibition
May 27 – September 24, 2017

Prague City Gallery, Prague. Czech Republic
Free Assembly
April 14 – September 10, 2017

The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, USA
What You See is What You Get
Solo exhibition
March 25 – July 25, 2017

Skulpturenhalle, Neuss, Germany
Under the weather
Solo exhibition
September 4 – End of December 2016

Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
On the other side
Solo exhibition
September 4 – March 3, 2016

Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Die Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Zu Gast in den Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

Group Exhibition
September 25 – November 20, 2016
Opening: September 24, 5pm

Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
On The Other Side
Solo exhibition
August 28, 2016 – March 5, 2017

Selected publications

Dieter Schwarz (Ed.)
Richard Deacon: So, And, If, But. Writings 1970-2012
Published by: Richter Frey, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-941263-65-9

Claudia Schmid (DVD)
Richard Deacon: In Between
Produced by: Mindjazz Pictures, 2013

CAC Malága (Ed.)
Richard Deacon

Published by: CAC Málaga, 2012
ISBN: 978-84-939376-9-0

Ulrich Krempel, Joelle Pijaudier-Cabot (Eds.)
The Missing Part

Published by: Walther König, 2010
ISBN: 978-2-35125-082-2

Jon Thompson et al.
Richard Deacon

Published by: Paidon Press, 2000 (first published 1995)
ISBN: 0-7148-3949-3

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