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Richard Deacon (Contemporary Artists (Phaidon)) Paperback – January 6, 2000


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'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)

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This text is a survey of the work of British sculptor, Richard Deacon, from 1972 to 1994, 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 over the last 15 years; 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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