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Tacita Dean

The Wet Prayer, 2013

TACITA DEAN
CANTERBURY, REINO UNIDO / UNITED KINGDOM, 1965
The Wet Prayer, 2013
Tiza sobre pizarra / Chalk on slate panels Díptico / Diptych. 244 x 244 cm cu / each Adquirida / Acquired 2014

Tacita Dean produced blackboard drawings at the very early stages of her career, returning to this form in 2012 after a hiatus of a decade, with a series for documenta 13. As is often the case with these works, she produced the two panels that constitute The Wet Prayer on-site (during the setup of her exhibition). She first erased the two large slates onto which she had first drawn in 1992 to execute this scene of a storm as seen from the deck of ship. The title refers to a tale by Rudyard Kipling, which tells the story of a shipwreck. The term “west prayer” describes the past plea made before drowning. This blackboard drawing was executed for “De Mar en Mar”, an exhibition of her works dedicated to the sea, presented at Fundación Botín in the fall of 2013. In her work, Dean has regularly depicted the sea, whether in films, photographs or drawings: the relationship of humans to this essential element of nature has always been part of the artist’s source of inspiration.

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Tacita Dean

Canterbury, United Kingdom, 1975

He has held exhibitions at Tate Britain in London (2001), Basel Schaulager (2006), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2007), Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan (2009), MUMOK Vienna ), at the New Museum in New York, at Documenta (13) (2012), and at the Arcadia University Art Gallery in Philadelphia with his audiovisual project, JG (2013). Dean was nominated for the Turner Award in 1998, won the Hugo Boss Award in 2006 and Kurt Schwitters in 2009. His works are part of the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Canada; the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; the MACBA, Barcelona; CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MOMA and Tate Britain among others.

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