Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
T +44 (0)20 7494 1550 ~ F +44 (0)20 7287 3733

b. 1965, Canterbury, England

The films, drawings and other works by Tacita Dean are extremely original. Her recent film portraits express something that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are purely film. And while Dean can appreciate the past, her art avoids any kind of academic approach. Dean‘s art is carried by a sense of history, time and place, light quality and the essence of the 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.

Tacita Dean’s work is the subject of two major exhibitions in 2009 – at Milan’s Fondazione Trussardi and at ACCA Melbourne. Her her large-scale film installation Merce Cunningham Performs Stillness was recently presented at DIA Beacon, New York. Dean has had many notable solo exhibitions including Frith Street Gallery; Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; Schaulager, Basel; Tate Britain and Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Dean won the Hugo Boss award in 2007 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998.

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Image of: Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS (in three movements) to John Cage's composition 4'33
  • 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
  • 16 mm colour, optical sound
  • Edition of 4