Folkwang Museum

Richard Deacon

Drawings and Prints 1968 – 2016

26 Aug - 13 Nov 2016

Richard Deacon , Landscape Division, 2012
Woodblock on kozo paper, collaged on Arches watercolor paper
© Richard Deacon
Richard Deacon, Bamako Monoprint #28 (purple), 2012
Block print. Metallic ink on paper
© Richard Deacon
Richard Deacon, Some Interference 7.08.05 (1), 2005, Ink and Pencil
© Richard Deacon
Richard Deacon, Gap #5, 2004, Glazed ceramic
© Richard Deacon
Drawings and Prints 1968 – 2016
26 August – 13 November 2016

Guest curator: Julian Heynen

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 are 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.

Drawing has a twofold function for Deacon: alongside sketches and studies for sculptures, the artist also produced drawings independent of sculptural projects from early on. The formal scope of these autonomous drawings is substantial, ranging from early small-scale collages and large-format pencil drawings to entire series in recent years. His latest work is a wall drawing that the artist conceived especially for the exhibition entrance wall.

Exceptional in their combination of different techniques are drawings that Richard Deacon has superimposed onto photographs, with outcomes that are occasionally surreal in effect. Throughout his entire artistic career, he also frequently experiments with the art of printing; the exhibition therefore shows graphic works from the artist’s different creative periods.

What connects Deacon’s multifaceted works on paper with his plastic oeuvre is the artist’s fundamental exploration of the reciprocal effects of construction and free form, of surface and space. This is shown by several small-format sculptures that round off this comprehensive overview of Richard Deacon’s works.

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