Richard Deacon Some Time

Robert Barry on the restoration and rejuvenation of the British sculptor’s work

By Robert Barry

Richard Deacon, 'Never Mind' (1993–2017). Courtesy the artist and Middelheim Museum Left to right: Richard Deacon, 'Infinity #13' (2001), 'Infinity #31' (2006). Courtesy of the artist and Middelheim Museum Left to right: Richard Deacon, 'I Remember (3)' (2013), 'Morning Assembly' (2008). Courtesy the artist and Middelheim Museum

Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, 27 May – 24 SeptemberWhen Sara Weyns returned from Tate Britain’s Richard Deacon exhibition in 2014, she felt frustrated. Recently appointed director at Antwerp’s Middelheim Museum, she knew her new home had an important Deacon sculpture in storage. But it was in horrifically bad shape. The wood was cracked and rotting, the whole object wrapped in plastic like a corpse washed up on the shore. She determined then and there (as she told me when I visited)…

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