Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get is the renowned British artist's first major museum exhibition in the United States. Winner of the Turner Prize in 1987 and the subject of a survey at Tate Britain in 2014, Deacon has been exhibited frequently internationally and remains a pioneering figure in the field of contemporary sculpture. A self proclaimed "fabricator"—a maker of things and of meaning, neither carved nor cast—Deacon sidesteps the issue of technique by never focusing on any one material, challenging the viewers' expectations with unusual combinations. While the titles of his work can appear literal, they often invoke a range of metaphors, as well as mythological and literary allusions. The full range of the artist’s oeuvre includes free-standing sculptures and wall-mounted works, to glazed ceramics and works on paper.
Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get includes roughly 40 works from more than three decades of Deacon's oeuvre. Along with loans from private collections as well as from institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., this exhibition will debut a new work by Deacon.
Richard Deacon, Dancing in Front of My Eyes, 2006. Wood, aluminum. Private Collection. Photograph by Jeff McClane.
This exhibition is accompanied by a series of programs and events.
March 23 | Circle Opening
March 24 | Friends' Lecture & Reception
March 25 | Members' Preview
March 25 | Artist Talk
April 2 | Family Drop-In Day
April 3 | Curator Lecture
April 6 | Workshop: What You See Is What You Eat
April 18 | ArtStop: Richard Deacon
May 15 | Lecture with the North County Chapter Support Council