Richard Deacon

  • What You See Is What You Get
    March 25, 2017 - July 25, 2017
    The San Diego Museum of Art
    1450 El Prado
    Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

    Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get is the renowned British artist's first major museum exhibition in the United States. Winner of the Turner Prize in 1987 and the subject of a survey at Tate Britain in 2014, Deacon has been exhibited frequently internationally and remains a pioneering figure in the field of contemporary sculpture. A self proclaimed "fabricator"—a maker of things and of meaning, neither carved nor cast—Deacon sidesteps the issue of technique by never focusing on any one material, challenging the viewers' expectations with unusual combinations. While the titles of his work can appear literal, they often invoke a range of metaphors, as well as mythological and literary allusions. The full range of the artist’s oeuvre includes free-standing sculptures and wall-mounted works, to glazed ceramics and works on paper.



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  • Ernst Franz Vollmann Prize for Sculpture 2017
    January 4, 2017 - January 11, 2017

    Richard Deacon was awarded the Ernst Franz Vogelmann Prize for Sculpture on Tuesday. Since 2008, the honorary award has been jointly granted by Städtische Museen Heilbronn (Municipal Museums Heilbronn) and the Ernst Franz Vogelmann Stiftung (Ernst Franz Vogelmann Foundation), both based in Heilbronn, Germany. It also includes a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Vogelmann in autumn 2017. Past winners of the triennial prize are Thomas Schütte (2014), Franz Erhard Walther (2011), and Roman Signer (2008).

    Deacon was cited as a “leading representative of contemporary sculpture and at the same time the most imaginative sculptor of his generation.” The Welsh-born artist, who lives in London, acknowledged the honor, telling GPA (German Press Agency), “I am very grateful that the jury has chosen me, and I am very pleased to exhibit in Heilbronn.” Deacon is known for his voluptuous abstract forms in wood, ceramics, stainless steel, and plastic—he also produces drawings, collages, and prints.

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  • On the Other Side
    September 4, 2016 - March 5, 2017
    Langen Foundation
    Raketenstation Hombroich 1
    41472 Neuss GERMANY

    Opening: Sunday, September 4, 2016, 12 - 5pm

    The Langen Foundation is pleased to present the work of British sculptor Richard Deacon, one of the leading representatives of contemporary sculpture. The oeuvre of this Turner Prize recipient (1987), which spans more than four decades, is distinguished by dynamic abstract forms and an astounding variety of materials. The exhibition On The Other Side, developed in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, offers a comprehensive overview of Deacon’s artwork from the last decade. With around 45 sculptures made of wood, metal, and ceramics, the exhibition highlights Deacon’s multifaceted language of form and the experimental treatment of materials so characteristic of the artist’s work. 

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  • Drawings and Prints 1968 – 2016
    August 26, 2016 - November 13, 2016
    Museum Folkwang
    Museumsplatz 1
    45128 Essen

    Opening: August 25, 7 p.m.

    Richard Deacon (*1949 Bangor/Wales) is one of the most important sculptors worldwide. He rose to prominence with large-format as well as delicate sculptures that provide astounding new interpretations of the relationship between both inside and outside or what is open and closed. Deacon is also passionate about drawing, an activity that is highly significant for him: “I believe drawing and thinking lie very close to each other.”

    This is the first time that an exhibition is devoted to Richard Deacon’s drawings. Approximately 150 works from five decades are shown – from the artist’s early beginnings up to the present day. Almost all of the works have never before been shown to the public.

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  • On the Other Side
    From December 19, 2015
    Heydar Aliyev Center
    Baku, Azerbaijan

    The solo exhibition by British sculptor Richard Deacon, On The Other Side, focuses on his work of the last decade bringing together works in wood, metal and ceramicsboth monumental as well as extremely delicate small works in organic and constructed shapes.

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  • 3 hommes dans un bateau
    December 12, 2015 - March 13, 2016
    Fondation Maeght
    Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

    The Fondation Maeght presents a dialogue between three major sculptors : Richard Deacon, Sui Jianguo and Henk Visch that all reply to the question of what it means to be a sculptor today. 


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  • On The Other Side
    August 22, 2015 - November 15, 2015
    Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

    The Kunstmuseum Wintherthur in Wintherthur, Switzerland, presents its first solo exhibition by British sculptor Richard Deacon. On The Other Side focuses on his work of the last decade bringing together works in wood, metal and ceramics, both monumental as well as extremely delicate small works in organic and constructed shapes.

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  • Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986
    April 1, 2015 - June 21, 2015
    Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK

    From 1 April until 21 June 2015, Arts Council Collection presents Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986 featuring the work of over 40 artists including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, among many others.

    Drawn primarily from the holdings of the Arts Council Collection and augmented with major loans from important UK public and private collections, this substantial exhibition embraces a wide range of sculptural practices, highlighting shared concerns, as well as important differences, between and within established groups. 

    Making It is an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, which launches at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park before touring to Mead Art Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre in Autumn 2015. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre.


    Picture: Richard Deacon, The Eye Has It, 1984. Wood, stainless steel, galvanised steel, brass, cloth. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist 2015.

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  • Richard Deacon
    February 5, 2014 - April 27, 2014
    Tate Britain
    London, England

    Tate Britain will present a major exhibition of works by leading British sculptor, Richard Deacon. This exhibition highlights Deacon’s interest in materials and their manipulation, as in After, 1998, a large wooden work where the continuous and looping form balances volume and space. Also included are works from the small scale but materially rich series Art for Other People 1982 - , that explore the notion of contemporary art being owned and enjoyed by anyone. Of particular note are Deacon’s early drawings It’s Orpheus When There’s Singing, 1978: a suite of drawings built up from complex compound curves that influenced the organic forms of much of his subsequent sculpture, and the large, sixty-part, green ceramic sculpture Fold 2012.



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    May 10, 2013 - August 4, 2013
    Southhampton City Art Gallery

    Curated by Nicholas Alfrey, Joy Sleeman and Ben Tufnell, this exhibition features work by some of the most important British artists of the last 50 years including Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Richard Long and Anthony McCall. In the late 1960s artists on both sides of the Atlantic turned away from the enclosed space of the gallery and went out into the landscape to forge a new form of art.

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