One of the most important living artists of our times, Tacita Dean (b. 1965, United Kingdom) is renowned for her singular poetic vision and distinctive body of works, which encompass film, photography, sound, installation, drawing, printmaking and collage.
Based in Berlin and Los Angeles, Dean is best known for her film works that draw connections between the past and the present and reflect the materiality and history of filmmaking. The artist’s use of the analogue medium in the digital age speaks to the conditions of precarity in the contemporary era. At a time of constant change, her works are distinguished by meticulous attention to detail that encourages slow and careful observation of the surrounding world.
This Sydney-exclusive exhibition will bring together important artworks, the substantial majority created by the artist in the last five years, that convey Dean’s extraordinarily beautiful investigations into chance, memory, entropy, history and the passing of time. A remarkable sensory experience, the exhibition will feature significant works that have never been exhibited in Australia including recent film works, monumental chalkboard drawings, important photographic and print series, and spectacular installations that have resulted from the artist’s designs for the highly acclaimed The Dante Project, a collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor and composer Thomas Adès for The Royal Ballet.
The major presentation is curated by Suzanne Cotter, Director and Jane Devery, Senior Curator, Exhibitions, with assistance by Megan Robson, Curator