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
This beautiful series of photogravures is part of Dean's project Darmstädter Werkblock, a meditation on an installation at Darmstadt's Hessisches Landesmuseum arranged by Joseph Beuys. The museum decided to renovate the badly damaged walls of the room housing the installation in 2008, causing controversy over whether or not the walls formed part of the work. Dean's film and prints focus exclusively on the soon to be renovated furnishings, avoiding any views of the installation itself. Typically found on the sidelines of the action, Dean highlights the peripheral in her work, which then often turns out to be of central importance to the story—in this case, the divisive topic of the museum walls. Equally characteristic is her interest in capturing a transient moment of change. To Dean the turning point in the history of the museum and the Beuys installation, is as fascinating as capturing that last green ray of light that appears just before the setting of the sun.