One of the most acclaimed artists of her generation, Turner Prize nominee, Tacita Dean, is known for her remarkable films, drawings, and photographs. Dean's poetic meditations on the passing of time or on the quality of certain light often feature contemplative cityscapes and dialogs with writers. They can also capture poignant moments like the setting of the sun or just the movement of the sea. Editing to the narrative of time, Dean… Read more
About the artwork
Craneaway Event is a portrait of the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, and documents the rehearsal for what was to be his last dance event before he died. Both in her film and her striking series of photogravures, Dean brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the light flooded rehersal space, her fascination for the fleeting effects of shadow and light evident in the artist's skillful composition of the work. Characteristically, Dean focuses not on the dancing itself, but on the totality of the scene—the interplay of the moving bodies, the ships, and the birds constantly moving in and out of the frame. This is all seen through enormous floor to ceiling windows, that act as a structuring force with their grid-like pattern and surveyed by the master himself. Omnipresent without always being at the centre of the frame Craneaway Event is imbued with the spirit of Cunningham.