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Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon is one of the UK’s leading sculptors and won the turner prize in 1987. Deacon has made works for public places in Britain and across the world. He has recently installed commissions in Beijing and Tokyo and, in partnership with Mrdjan Bajić, completed a pedestrian bridge in Belgrade.

As an artist, Richard Deacon has a preoccupation with plinths and the crucial role they have played in the development of sculpture. In researching his contribution to the Triennial, he discovered five existing platforms in the scenic Kingsnorth Gardens. The welcome of these empty platforms inspired him to create five new sculptures in different colours of granite.

Since the beginning of the 1970s, Richard Deacon has written extensively on his own practice and in relation to contemporary art in general. So, And, If, But – Selected Writing 1970 – 2012 was published (in English and German editions) by the Richter Verlag in 2013. I Wanted To Talk About The Future But I Ended Up Thinking About The Past, an illustrated lecture, was published by Lisson Gallery in 2019. He continues to write about other artists and has recently published an essay on the Portugese sculptor Rui Sanches.

Richard Deacon lives and works in London.

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