Awarded the Turner Prize in 1987, Richard Deacon has occupied the foreground of British sculpture since the early 1980s and continues to be an artist of international significance, fulfilling major public sculpture commissions around the world. His virtuoso constructions in wood, metal and plastic range in scale from the domestic to the monumental; they loop and curve across space like three-dimensional drawings, or hover on the floor like great drops of liquid.
he new edition of this monograph has been updated to include over fifty additional pages documenting the artist's work since 1995, including a major retrospective at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, in 1999. The update essay by Penelope Curtis, Head of Programmes at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, examines new directions in Deacon's most recent work. British curator and critic Jon Thompson examines Deacon's work in relation to language; the artist discusses the contexts of place and space with Italian scholar Pier Luigi Tazzi; American art critic Peter Schjeldahl reveals the complexities of a single sculpture.
Deacon's selected text, by anthropologist Mary Douglas, is on dirt 'as matter out of place'. The subjects of Deacon's writing range from Rilke's poetry to the car as public sculpture; he contributes a new text, 'In Praise of Television'.
About the Author
Jon Thompson is a British artist, teacher, writer and curator. He was Head of Fine Arts at Goldsmith's College, London (1970-92) and is currently Head of Fine Art Studies at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Netherlands. He co-curated with Greg Hilty the exhibition 'Gravity and Grace: The Changing Condition of Sculpture' in 1993 at the Hayward Gallery, London. Pier Luigi Tazzi is an art critic and curator based in Florence.
Formerly a lecturer at the University of Florence (1976-89), he has contributed to such art journals as Artforum, Museumjournaal and Wolkenkratzer. Tazzi was among the curators of the 42nd Venice Biennale (1988) and was Associate Director of Documenta 9 (1992). Peter Schjeldahl is Art Critic for the New Yorker. Scheldjahl has also written for Artforum, Parkett, Art News, Frieze and Art Press.
His books include The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings 1978-1990 (1991) and Columns & Catalogues (1994) as well as five books of poetry; his writings have also appeared in the three editions of Art of Our Time: The Saatchi Collection. Penelope Curtis is Head of Programmes at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, where she has organized historical contextualizing exhibitions of the work of distinguished late twentieth-century sculptors such as Giuseppe Penone and Michelangelo Pistoletto, as well as exhibitions, commissions and special projects with younger generation sculptors.
'This impressive volume catalogues the many works of this notable 20th-century artist, providing an authoritative and highly illustrated study of his projects.' (Architectural Interior) 'The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about.' (Artforum) 'The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art.' (Time Out) 'A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists.' (The Sunday Times) 'Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists. Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment.' (The Art Book)
Series: Contemporary Artists Series
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 22nd May 2000
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 25.0
Weight (kg): 1.29
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised