|Field||Conceptual art, installation art|
|Movement||Young British Artists|
Tacita Charlotte Dean OBE (born 1965) is an English visual artist who works primarily in film. She is one of the Young British Artists, and was a nominee for the Turner Prize in 1998. She lives and works in Berlin.
Early life and education
Dean was educated at Kent College, Canterbury. She studied at Falmouth University, graduating in 1988. From 1990 to 1992, Dean studied for a Masters degree at the Slade School of Fine Art. Dean held her first solo exhibition, The Martyrdom of St Agatha and Other Stories, at Galerija Skuc, Maribor, Slovenia.
In 1995, she was included in General Release: Young British Artists held at the XLVI Venice Biennale. She is one of the "key names", along with Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gary Hume, Sam Taylor-Wood, Fiona Banner and Douglas Gordon, of the Young British Artists (YBAs). Her work actually had little in common with the prominent YBAs, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
In 1997, Dean moved to London. That same year she began to exhibit splices of magnetic tape cut the length required to document the duration of the sound indicated, such as a raven's cry. In 2001 she was given a solo show at Tate Britain. For the season 2004/2005 in the Vienna State Opera Tacita Dean designed the large scale picture (176 sqm) "Play as Cast" as part of the exhibition series "Safety Curtain", conceived by museum in progress.
Tacita Dean is best known for her work in 16mm film, although she utilises a variety of media including drawing, photography and sound. Her films often employ long takes and steady camera angles to create a contemplative atmosphere. Her anamorphic films are shot by cinematographers John Adderley and Jamie Cairney. Her sound recordist is Steve Felton. She has also published several pieces of her own writing, which she refers to as 'asides,' which complement her visual work. Since the mid-1990s her films have not included commentary, but are instead accompanied by often understated optical sound tracks.
Especially during the 1990s, the sea was a persistent theme in Dean's work. Perhaps most famously, she explored the tragic maritime misadventures of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur English sailor whose ambition to enter a race to solo circumnavigate the globe ended in deception, existential crisis and, eventually, tragedy. Dean has made a number of films and blackboard drawings relating to the Crowhurst story, exploiting the metaphorical richness of such motifs as the ocean, lighthouses and shipwrecks. Re-turning to her attraction with the sea, Amadeus (swell consopio) was made for the Folkestone Triennial (three year art show) in 2008.
Sound Mirrors (1999) takes its name from the tracking devices built during the 1920s and 1930s and planted in the Kent countryside to detect incoming German aircraft.
In 2000, Dean was awarded a one-year German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship to Berlin, where she moved that year with her partner, artist Mathew Hale. She devoted attention to the architecture and cultural history of Germany, making films of such iconic structure as the Palast der Republik. Fernsehturm, is a 44-minute film set in the revolving cafe of the East Berlin television tower, completed in 1969 on Alexanderplatz. Other projects have concerned important figures in post-war German cultural history, such as W.G. Sebald and Joseph Beuys.
Recent films capture important artists and thinkers of the last fifty years and feature Mario Merz, Merce Cunningham, Leo Steinberg, Julie Mehretu, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly. For example, Craneway Event (2008) is a film about Cunningham working on something with his dancers over three afternoons on site.
Photography and painting
Czech Photos (1991-2002) is a series of over 326 unedited photographs presented in a box for intimate engagement. The black and white photographs show a city in the moments before radical change, already somehow out of date the second they were taken. Washington Cathedral (2002) is a series of more than 130 found postcards from the first half of the last century showing various imagined versions of the cathedral in Washington, DC before it was completed. Palindrome is a newspaper project celebrating the palindromic date 20.02 2002, which was inspired by numbers painted by Marcel Broodthaers's on a beam in his studio. In 2005, Dean began work on a series of found postcards featuring trees, which she transformed by painting out all the background detail with white gouache.
Dean has undertaken commissions for London's defunct Millennium Dome, the Sadler's Wells Theatre, and for Cork, Ireland, as part of that city's European City of Culture celebrations. She has also completed residencies at the Sundance Institute, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, U.S., and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Berlin
2006 saw the most comprehensive retrospective of her work to date, ‘Analogue', held at Schaulager Basel.
In 2009, the Nicola Trussardi Foundation has presented Still Life, Tacita Dean’s first major solo exhibition in Italy, on the first floor (piano nobile) of Palazzo Dugnani, a historic building in the centre of Milan. The exhibition has presented a selection of fourteen works, including the world premiere of two films commissioned and produced by the Nicola Trussardi Foundation: Still Life and Day for Night, filmed in the Bolognese studio of painter Giorgio Morandi.
Selected solo shows
- Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (1997);
- Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, with US tour (1998);
- Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2000),
- MACBA, Barcelona (2001);
- Tate St Ives (2005).
- Schaulager, Basel Tacita Dean. Analogue: Films, Photographs, Drawings 1991–2006 (2006)
- Guggenheim Museum[The Hugo Boss prize 2006 Tacita Dean 23 February – 6 June (2007)
- Still Life, Palazzo Dugnani, Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan (2009)
Following her 1996 film Disappearance at Sea, Dean was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998. She has since been awarded the Aachen Art Prize (2002), Hugo Boss Prize (2006), and Kurt Schwitters Prize (2009), among others.
- The Story of Beard, 1992
- The Martyrdom of St Agatha (in several parts), 1994
- Girl Stowaway, 1994
- How to Put a Boat in a Bottle, 1995
- A Bag of Air, 1995
- Disappearance at Sea, 1996
- Delft Hydraulics, 1996
- Foley Artist, 1996
- Disappearance at Sea II, 1997
- The Structure of Ice, 1997
- Gellért, 1998
- Bubble House, 1999
- Sound Mirrors, 1999
- From Columbus, Ohio, to the Partially Buried Woodshed, 1999
- Banewl, 1999
- Teignmouth Electron, 2000
- Totality, 2000
- Fernsehturm, 2001
- The Green Ray, 2001
- Baobab, 2002
- Ztrata, 2002
- Section Cinema (Homage to Marcel Broodthaers), 2002
- Diamond Ring, 2002
- Mario Merz, 2002
- Boots, 2003
- Pie, 2003
- Palast, 2004
- The Uncles, 2004
- Presentation Sisters, 2005
- Kodak, 2006
- Noir et Blanc, 2006
- Human Treasure, 2006
- Michael Hamburger, 2007
- Darmstädter Werkblock, 2007
- Amadeus, 2008
- Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS (in three movements) to John Cage's composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007 (six performances; six films), 2008
- Prisoner Pair, 2008
- Still Life, 2009
- Day for Night, 2009
- Craneway Event, 2009
- Manhattan Mouse Museum, 2011
- FILM, 2011
- JG, 2013
- "Scuola San Pasquale General Release: Young British Artists", British Council. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- Grant, Simon. "Cultural propganda?"[sic], Apollo, 27 March 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- Daly, Emma. "The once and future Oporto", The New York Times, 11 March 2001. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- Bush, Kate. "Young British art: Kate Bush on the YBA sensation", ArtForum, October 2004. Retrieved from findarticles.com, 14 June 2010.
- "Safety Curtain 2004/2005", museum in progress, Vienna.
- Tacita Dean: Disappearance at Sea from the National Maritime Museum
- Tacita Dean (27 April 2009), The cosmic clock with Ballard at its core The Guardian.
- Tacita Dean, 22 February – 25 March 2000 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.
- Emily Eakin (31 October 2011), Celluloid Hero The New Yorker.
- Tacita Dean: Five Americans, 6 May – 1 July 2012 New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
- Tacita Dean: Craneway Event, 13 May – 26 June 2010 Frith Street Gallery, London.
- Emily Eakin (31 October 2011), Celluloid Hero The New Yorker.
- Tacita Dean, 10 January – 8 February 2003 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.
- See the accompanying catalogue: Theodora Vischer and Isabel Friedli (eds.): Tacita Dean, Analogue, Drawings 1991–2006
- 'Hugo Boss Prize website'. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
- The London Gazette: . 29 December 2012.
- Barcelona 2001: Tacita Dean. Barcelona: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Actar.
- Godfrey, M.: ‘Photography Found and Lost: On Tacita Dean’s Floh,’ October vol. 114, Fall 2005, 90–119.
- Royoux, J-C. et al.: Tacita Dean. London: Phaidon, 2006.
- Trodd, T.: ‘Film at the End of the Twentieth Century: Obsolescence and Medium in the Work of Tacita Dean,’ Object 6, 2003/4.
- Vischer, T. and Friedli, I.: Tacita Dean. Analogue: Drawings 1991–2006. Basel: Schaulager, 2006.
- De Cecco, E.: Tacita Dean. Milano: postmedia books, 2004.
- Stillness. Una Danza para la Quietud: Cage, Cunningham, Dean
- Tacita Dean in the Tate Collection — artist biography and works viewable online
- Tacita Dean: FILM — Exhibition at Tate Modern 2011-2012
- Tacita Dean — Aerial View of Teignmouth Electron, Cayman Brac. 16 September 1998
- Waterlog exhibition featuring recent work Michael Hamburger 2007
- Frith Street Gallery, London
- Tacita Dean at Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
- Works by Tacita Dean in Cal Cego. Contemporary Art Collection
- Artinfo.com.au review of 2009 ACCA exhibition by Tony Lloyd
- Tacita Dean at Kadist Art Foundation
- Tacita Dean Kapsul Image Collection