Richard Deacon (Contemporary Artists)

Richard Deacon (Contemporary Artists)
Library Shelf Location 18.DEAC
Publication Date Jun 2000
Description This is an updated survey of the work of British sculptor, Richard Deacon, including sculptures, installations, drawings and models. The book presents Deacon's works photographed in his studio, in galleries around the world, and in public sites in Europe, Japan and America. Pier Luigi Tazzi explores key themes in contemporary sculpture from a European perspective; Jon Thompson provides a survey of the artist's key works, tracing the genealogy of Deacon's work in relation to language; Peter Schjeldahl focuses on a work called "Keeping the Faith"; and Deacon selects a text by Mary Douglas on the meaning of dirt. Richard Deacon is one of a generation of sculptors who emerged in Britain in the 1980s. His sculptures are abstracts, primarily made of wood or steel. He uses the construction techniques of boat-building or aviation to make room-sized sculptures which are like drawings in space. They trace outlines, expose frameworks, form curvilinear skins, and create volumes, reminiscent of pots, vessels, vehicles and body parts. His work has been commissioned for sites in Plymouth, Newcastle, Tokyo, Montreal, Munster, Antwerp and Maastricht. This text charts all Deacon's important work from his earliest "performance" work through his exploration of form and space using wood, metal, plastic and linoleum. His works are photogenic and multidimensional lending themselves to a variety of visual explorations. They are also constructed "space invaders", with the artist employing techniques of engineering, boat building or aviation. They also relate to the body with clear anatomical references which can be overtly erotic. Deacon is also very involved in language and poetry, the work of Rilke being particularly influential on him. The book is part of a series of studies of important artists of the late-20th century. Each title offers a comprehensive survey of the artist's work, providing analyses and multiple perspectives on contemporary art and its inspiration.
ISBN 9780714839493
Quantity 1
Pages 212
Authors Pier Luigi Tazzi, Mary Douglas, Peter Schjeldahl, Jon Thompson
Format Paperback
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd, London
Related Artist Richard Deacon
Categories Sculpture, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Construction, Craftsmanship
Artist's Nationality English, British/UK
Language English

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