Richard Deacon

1949 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Richard Deacon is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Richard Deacon was born in 1949. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Richard Deacon's work is available on display in 10 galleries listed on Artland. Galleries exhibiting Richard Deacon's work include Marian Goodman Gallery | London, Lisson Gallery | London, and Handel Street Projects in the United Kingdom. Richard Deacon most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom (19 November 2019 until 28 February 2020) with the exhibition Deep State. Richard Deacon's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom (05 October 2017 - 10 December 2017) with the name EVERYTHING AT ONCE and Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom (22 September 2017 - 11 November 2017) with the name Lisson Presents… 11 artists through time . Richard Deacon's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called On Photography and took place at Galleri Susanne Ottesen in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 21 April 2017 to 27 May 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant degree eclipsed by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, essentially characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon was born in 1949 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1960s. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s symbolize an extremely powerful era which engendered an important number of breaks and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever influence generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society developed, with ground-breaking philosophies and movements emerging in a cradle of inventiveness. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was significantly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally persuaded by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the lament often associated with the human condition. globally, a significant number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Richard Deacon