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  • Provenance

    Lisson Gallery, London; Private Collection, Turin

  • Exhibited


    Oslo, Musée for Samtikunts, Terskel/Treshold I,1990; Modena, Galleria Civica di Modena, Arte Inglese d’Oggi nella collezione Re Rebaudengo-Sandretto, May 1995

  • Literature


    Arte Inglese d’Oggi nella collezione Re Rebaudengo-Sandretto, exh. cat., Modena, 1995, p. 1 and p. 6 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I think that when we look at art, one of the things we want to do is to attribute meanings. We try to uncover what it is that the artist is trying to do in this or that thing. This is a mode of transaction which at its simplest is to do with a certain kind of recognition – we recognize that something resembles something else. We don't only do this in looking at art; seeing resemblances and recognizing that things look like other things is part of how we meet the world, but it becomes very focused in looking at art. The question for me is whether resemblance can be detached from objects. That quote about the drawings has to do with trying to work out whether the conjunctions of resemblance, looking like, reminding of, referring to, are simple associative categories or whether they refer to something else. Metaphor is an example of a way in which objects can be put in relationship without them having any necessary resemblance; two things are put into conjunction and then you see the one in the other. It was that ability to evoke those kinds of responses – looking like, resemblance, and so on – which I had been trying to create. It requires a certain level of ambiguity, a certain level of giving and taking away at the same time. That's the kind of thing that I was interested in."(Richard Deacon, in Ian Tromp, ‘Undetermined Pleasure and Unnecessary Beauty: An Interview with Richard Deacon', Sculpture Magazine, November 1999, vol. 18, no. 9)

110

Breath

1989-90

Two parts: aluminium.

Each: 200 × 102 × 51 cm (78 3/4 × 40 1/8 × 20 in).

Estimate
£70,000 - 90,000 

sold for £85,250

Contemporary Art Day

30 June 2010
London