Tacita Dean

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The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium, and the sensibilities of the individual.

Tacita Dean is a British European artist born in 1965 in Canterbury. She lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles, where she was recently the Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute (2014/2015).

Adrian Searle qualified Dean’s work as carried by a sense of history, time, and place, light quality, and the essence of film itself. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium, and the sensibilities of the individual.

Dean has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Sixth Benesse Prize at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009. Solo exhibitions were recently held at the Moody Center for the Arts, Houston, Texas (2019); Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (2019); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2018); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2018); as well as The Royal Academy of Arts (London, England), as part of a trilogy of exhibitions held in conjunction with the city’s National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery (2018); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2016); Espace Louis Vuitton Munich, Germany (2016); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2013); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (2013); the Botín Foundation, Santander, Spain (2013); New Museum, New York (2012); the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, UK (2011) and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria (2011), among others.

In 2011, Dean produced the work FILM, as part of the Unilever Series of Tate Modern; the work shown in the Turbine Hall marked the beginning of their campaign to preserve photochemical film (www.savefilm.org). In 2019, Dean was commissioned to create the set design and costume for the Dante Project, a new collaborative production between Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and conductor-composer Thomas Adès, set to premiere at the London Royal Opera House in May 2020.

The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium, and the sensibilities of the individual.

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Tacita Dean Blank Notebook

Tacita Dean

Blank Notebook
Beautifully bound hardcover notebook with white linen cover, plain paper, and side stitching within. Cover image features a detail from The Story of the Lemon that Grew Hair (1991/2004) by Tacita Dean,...

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