La puerta del Diablo
Hand-printed photochemical colour photograph printed on Fuji flex paper, mounted on paper
40 x 37,5 cm
Edition of 24 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
about this work
As part of the exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life, The Hepworth Wakefield has commissioned artist Tacita Dean to create a new artwork, Significant Form. For this commission, Dean has selected 130 postcards from her found postcard collection, which she has gathered at flea markets over many decades. The images have been re-photographed and photochemically hand-printed at various scales and on a variety of papers. Inspired by her shared interests with Hepworth, Dean selected images that depicted a representation of, or potential for, sculptural form, creating an intuitive journey through objects and formations found in the natural world, to others made by artists across time.
In addition to the commission, Dean has generously selected one of the works from the installation to be reproduced as a limited edition, with all profits supporting the ambitious learning and exhibition programmes at The Hepworth Wakefield.
about Tacita Dean
Since the early 1990s, Tacita Dean has developed a singular body of work using multiple mediums, like film, photography and sound; drawing, printmaking and collage. Encompassing a diverse array of subjects, her work is characterised by a careful observation of time, a keen attention to history and a love of the fine details in life.
Dean also welcomes chance as one of her guiding principles. A great believer in the non-deliberate act, Dean sometimes allows contingency, circumstance and accident to dictate the final outcome of a work. Since 2011, the artist’s work has also had to deal with digital imaging eclipsing photochemical film and photography, a topic she has written and spoken about at length describing an exponential accumulation of images: ‘A world that does not forget is a world that is drowning in its inability to forget.
(courtesy of Mudam)
Tacita Dean was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998 and has since won the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009 and was the recipient of the 2019 Cherry Kearton Medal and Award. Solo Exhibitions include MUDAM, Luxembourg; Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; Kunsthaus Bregenz; and The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Tacita Dean is represented by the following galleries;
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