What You See Is What You Get

Due to popular demand, the British artist’s first major American museum survey has been extended through Labor Day, September 4.

Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get is the renowned British artist’s first major museum survey 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.

Support for the exhibition Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get is provided by The San Diego Museum of Art Contemporary Arts Committee, A. Fenner Milton, Gary and Lisa Levine, Arthur J. Gallagher, and the members of The San Diego Museum of Art and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.