Lisson Gallery ‘In Conversation’: Richard Deacon


Lisson Gallery is proud to present a programme of occasional free lunchtime talks that offer a unique opportunity to hear Lisson Gallery artists, cultural figures and gallery staff discuss art and related topics.

The sixteenth in the series will be a conversation between artist, Richard Deacon, curator, writer and editor, Teresa Gleadowe and Lisson Gallery’s
Curatorial Director, Greg Hilty, about works in Deacon’s current solo show at Lisson Gallery, Association.

Each talk gives the opportunity to discover first-hand the thoughts, processes and insights behind the artists’ work. Each lecture is free but booking is
essential as there are a limited number of places available.

Throughout his practice, Deacon has employed diverse materials including wood, aluminium, plastic, steel, ceramic, glass, rubber, resin, polycarbonate,
leather and cloth: exploiting their potential to create complex and challenging forms. It is a radical vocabulary that encompasses the organic, amorphous,
geometric, rectilinear, intimate and monumental. Along with his continued interest in material exploration, Association illustrates Deacon’s fascination with
the relationship of the individual component to the structural whole and new works in ceramic, aluminium and steel evidence this investigation.

Born in Wales in 1949, Richard Deacon’s first one-man show was held in 1978 at The Gallery, Brixton, London. This led to a string of solo exhibitions, both
nationally and internationally, notably at the Riverside Studios in 1984, Tate Gallery, London, in 1985, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, in 1988, and at
Tate Gallery Liverpool in 1999. He was one of three artists representing Wales at the 52nd Bienniale of Art in Venice. Deacon has participated in many key
group exhibitions throughout the world. A major retrospective of his work The Missing Part was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Strasbourg in
2010, travelling to the Sprengl Museum In Hanover in 2011. Tate Britain will mount a major retrospective in 2014. Richard Deacon won the Turner Prize,
Tate Gallery, in 1987 and the Robert Jakobsen Prize, Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany in 1995. In 1997 he was awarded Chevalier des Arts et des
Lettres, France, and in 1998 was elected a Royal Academician. Deacon was made CBE in 1999. In 2005 the University of Leicester awarded him an
honorary doctorate. He was elected a member of the Akademie der Kunst in Berlin in 2010. He lives and works in London.

Richard Deacon ‘In Conversation’ with
Teresa Gleadowe and Greg Hilty

Thursday 21st June
12.30 – 13.30

29 Bell Street, London NW1 5DA
Free admission. Booking is essential.


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