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Richard Deacon Exhibition at Tate Britain

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'After' (1998) by Richard Deacon

The Welsh Turner Prize winner, Richard Deacon began his career in the 1970s, taking sheets of metal and laminated wood to form simple shapes. Deacon also works with other materials such as leather, cloth, and clay, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are a fusion of the natural and the industrial. Deacon creates organically shaped sculptures, but they have been crafted through engineering.

Covering almost forty years of work, Tate Britain is currently showcasing some of Deacon's finest constructions, which includes, After (1998), which crafted out of wood, looks a bit like the framework for a water slide at a swimming pool. Also on display are a series of drawings titled, It's Orpheus When There's Singing (1978). These are a precursor to his sculptural works, but feature the same fluid curves and lines.

Entry to the exhibit is 11 for adults or 9.50 for concessions. For 15 you can attend a curators tour on the 27th February, join a discussion of his work for 12 on the 12th March, or see a free documentary screening about the artist on the 4th March.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 27th April
Phone: 44 (0)20 7887 8888
Where: Tate Britain
Cost: 11 adult, 9.50 concessions
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