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Canterbury, England

Birth year

Lives in
Berlin and London

Works in
Berlin and London


Representing galleries
Frith Street Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2016 L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2016 Celluloid
Sep, 2016 LA Exuberance
Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square

Tacita Dean is an English visual artist best known for her work in 16mm film, although she utilises a variety of media including drawing, photography and sound. Her films often employ long takes and steady camera angles to create a contemplative atmosphere.

Artist's Photo by Jim Rakete.


Born: Canterbury, England, 1965

Education:Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth, England, 1985-88

Greek Government Scholarship to the Supreme School
of Fine Art, Athens, Greece, 1989-90
The Slade School of Fine Art, London, England, 1990-92

Awards: Kurt Schwitters Prize, 2009
Hugo Boss Prize, 2006 The Sixth Benesse Prize, Benesse Art Site Naoshima, The 51st International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2005
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy 2004
Preis der nationalgalerie fur junge Kunst, Hamburger Bahnhof, (nomination) Berlin, Germany 2002
Aachen Art Prize, Aachen, Germany, 2002
DAAD Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Berlin, Germany, 2000-01
Artist in Residence, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, 1999
The Turner Prize (nomination), Tate Gallery, London, England, 1998
Scriptwriter’s Lab, Sundance Institute, Sundance, Utah, 1997
Barclay’s Young Artist Award, London, England, 1994
New Contemporaries award winner, London


2009 Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
“Still Life,” Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy
"Tacita Dean: Presentation Sisters," Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
"Tacita Dean: Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS," Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
2008 “In My Manor,” Villa Oppenheim Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin, Germany
“Amadeus,” Marian Goodman, Paris, France
“Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS (in three movements) to John Cage's composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007 (six performances; six films),” Dia Beacon, Beacon, New York

2007 Tacita Dean, Hugo Boss Prize Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
“Tacita Dean: Film Works”, Miami Art Central, Miami, Florida
2006 “Tacita Dean : Analogue : Films, Photographs, Drawings 1991-2006” Schaulager, Munchenstein/Basel, Switzerland
National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
2005 “Presentation Sisters and the Presentation Windows,” The South Presentation Convent Sports Hall, Cork, Ireland, Commissioned for the Cork City of Culture
2004 Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
“Tacita Dean,” Mala Galeria, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, Ljubljana Slovenia
Royal Institute of British Architects, London
“Tacita Dean,” De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
“Gellért,” Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
2003 “Tacita Dean,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
“Tacita Dean,”
ARC Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
“Kunstpreis 2002: Tacita Dean,” Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
“Section Cinéma” Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
2002 12.10.02 – 21.12.02, Kunstverein fur Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
2001 “Tacita Dean,” Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
“Tacita Dean, Recent films and other works,” Tate Britain, London, England
“Tacita Dean,” Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
“Directions: Tacita Dean,” Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
“Tacita Dean,” Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
“Tacita Dean,” DAAD Gallery, Berlin

“Under/Above,” Melbourne International Biennial, Melbourne, Australia

2000 “Tacita Dean,” Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Ontario
“Tacita Dean,” Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
“Tacita Dean,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York

“Tacita Dean/Matrix 189, Banewl,” University of California Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California
“Wandering Images,” La Caixa, Sala Moncada, Barcelona, Spain
1999 “The Sea, With a Ship; Afterwards an Island,” Sadler’s Wells, London
Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin
“Tacita Dean,” Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
“The Sea, With a Ship; Afterwards an Island,” Dundee Contemporary
Arts, Scotland
“Banewl,” Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall, England
“Friday/Saturday,” North Meadows Project, Millennium Dome, London
1998 Turner Prize Group Show, Tate Britain, London, England
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
1997 “Missing Narratives,” Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
“The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days,” The Drawing Room,
The Drawing Center, New York, New York
1996 “Foley Artist,” Art Now Project Room, Tate Gallery, London, England
1995 “A Bag of Air,” Galerie ‘La Box,’” École Nationale des Beaux-Arts,
Bourges, France
1994 “The Martyrdom of St. Agatha and Other Stories,” Galerija
Skuc, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Umetnostna Galerija, Maribor, Slovenia


2009 “Mark Wallingher Curates The Russian Linesman,” The Hayward Gallery,
London, England
“The Quick and the Dead,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
"The Times of a Place," Centro de Arte y Naturaleza (CDAN), Fundación Beulas, Huesca, Spain
"Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix," Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; Museum of Malmö, Malmö, Sweden
"Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009," Tate Britain, London, England

"Pequeña historia de la fotografía," Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela, Spain
"A mancha humana / the human stain," Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela, Spain
"aus/gezeichnet/zeichnen," Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
"elles@centrepompidou," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
"Il Tempo del Postino," Theater Basel, Art 40 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
"Paisagens Oblicas Exposition," Museu Municipal de Faro, Faro, Portugal
"As Long As It Lasts," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
"Moby Dick," CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California
2008 “Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art,” Curated by
Okwui Enwezor, International Center of Photography, New York, New York
“The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image,” The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
“Tales of Time and Space,” Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, England
“Order. Desire. Light.” Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
PerformA, New York
Utopia, Museu Berardo Lisbon, Photoespana Festival, Madrid, Spain
“Porzadki Urojone – so ist es und Andres,” Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
2007 “On History,” Fundacion Santander Central Hispano, Madrid, Spain
“Il Tempo del Postino Group Show,” Co-Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno, Manchester International Festival, Opera House Manchester, England
“Marking Time,” York Art Gallery
“Sea Pieces: From Max Beckmann to Gerhard Richard Richter,” Hamburger Kunshalle, Germany
“Scenes and Sequences,” Aargauer Kunsthaus, Germany
“Waterlog,” Castle Museum, Norwich, England
2006 “Constructing New Berlin”, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida
“Grey Flags,” Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York
“Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye,” curated by Francesco Bonami, MART Roverto, Italy
4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, curated by Maurizio Cattelan (with Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick)
Sydney Biennale

2005 “Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye,” curated by Francesco Bonami, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois; Hayward Gallery, London, England
“Truth Universally Acknowledged”, Australian Centre for Contemporary
Art, Victoria, Australia
“The Experience of Art”, The Italian Pavilion, The 51st Venice Biennial
“New British Art”, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
“Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists”, Institute of Contemporary
Art (ICA), Boston, Massachusetts
“Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist’s Eye”, MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL; Hayward Gallery, London, England
“Daumenkino: The Flip Book Show,” Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
“An Aside” (Curator), Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
“Bidibidobidiboo,” Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
“Elements of Nature,” National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa
“Soul” Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, The Netherlands
“Documentary Creations,” Kunst Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland
“Very Early Drawings,” Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles; Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania
Berlin Works, Tate St Ives
2004 “Premiers”, The Museum of Modern Art Film Department, NY, NY
“TIME CLASH”, Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
“Colecção (Tacita Dean e outres Artistas)”, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
“Memory and Landscape,” La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
“Fade In, New Film and Video,” Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas
“Reflecting the Mirror,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
2003 “The Moderns,” Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Art Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, Italy
“Trauer,” Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst der Österreichischen Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
“Ritardi e Rivoluzioni” and “Utopia Station,” The 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
“Fotografie, Video, Mixed Media,” organized by Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingern, Sindelfingern, Germany
“Utopia Station Poster Project,” Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
“Image Stream,” Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio

“Fast Forward: Media Art from the Goetz Collection,” ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
“Remind,” Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
2002 “Tacita Dean, Ingar Dragset, Michael Elmgreen, Maria
Eichhorn, Daniel Richter,” Preis der nationalgalerie für junge Kunst,
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
“Arte all’Arte: Arte Architettura Paesaggio” Arte Continua Cultural
Association, San Gimignano, Italy
2001 “,” Städisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach,
Mönchengladbach, Germany
Yokohama International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan
“Elusive Paradise: The Millenium Prize,” National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
“At Sea,” Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
“Under/Above,” Melbourne Festival Australia, Melbourne, Australia
“AUBETTE-The Longing for a(nother) place” Museum Dhont Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
2000 “Ghosts” (Loans from Nvisible Museum), Marshall Arts Drive Thru (A Delta Axis Exhibition), Memphis, Tennessee
“Media City Seoul 2000,” Contemporary Art and Technology Biennial, Seoul, Korea
“On the Edge of the Western World,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California
“Tout le temps,” Montreal Biennial, Montreal, Quebec
“Vision and Reality,” Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
“New British Art 2000: Intelligence,” Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, England
“Mixing Memory and Desire-Wunsch und Erinnerung,” Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Pennsylvania; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
“Somewhere near Vada,” Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
“Artifice,” Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
“Another Place,” Tramway, Glascow, Scotland
“Amateur/Liebhaber,” Kunstmuseum, Kunsthallen & Hasselblad, Gothenberg, Sweden
“L’ombra della ragione,” Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

1999 “Robert Smithson, Tacita Dean and the Spiral Jetty: A program of audio and film at the rooftop Urban Park Project,” Dia Center for the Arts, New York, New York
“New visions of the sea,” A commission by the National Maritime Museum, London, England
“Fourth Wall”, Public Art Development Trust, National Theatre, London
“Geschichten des Augenblicks: An Exhibition on Narration and Slowness,” Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
“The Balloon Art Festival, Hot Air,” Nanjo and Associates, Tokyo, Japan
“Un monde réel,” Fondation Cartier, Paris, France
1998 “Breaking Ground,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
Felsenvilla Baden, Baden, Austria
“Disrupting the Scene,” Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge, England
“La Mer n’est pas la Terre,” Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Bretagne, France
“La Terre est Ronde-Nouvelle narration,” Musée de Rochechouart,
Haute-Vienne, France
“Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art,”
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
“Voiceover: Sound and Vision in Recent Art,” The South Bank Center, London, England; Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England; Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, England; Castle Museum, Nottingham, England
1997 “20/20,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
“Social Space,” Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
“At One Remove,” Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England
“The Frame of Time-Openmuseum,” Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst,
Limburg, Belgium
“Flexible,” Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
“Speaking of Sofas,” Atheneum, Dijon, France
“Challenge of Materials,” Science Museum, London, England
“International Film Festival,” Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1996 “CCATV,” Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Art Node Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
“State of Mind,” Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
“Swinging the Lead,” International Festival of the Sea, Bristol, England
“Berwick Ramparts Project,” Berwick-upon-Tweed, England
“Container ‘96: Art Across Oceans,” Copenhagen Cultural Capital
Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark

1995 “Mysterium Alltag, Hammoniale der Frauen,” Kampnagel, Hamburg,
Kine[kunst] ‘95, Casino Knokke, Brussels, Belgium
“Whistling Women,” Royal Festival Hall, London, England
“Videos and Films by Artists,” Ateliers d’Artistes de la ville de
Marseilles, France
“British Art Show 4,” various venues in Manchester, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Cardiff, Wales
1994 “Watt,” Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
“Mise en Scène,” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
1992 “BT New Contemporaries,” Newlyn Orion, Penzance, England;
Cornerhouse, Manchester, England; Orpheus Gallery, Belfast,
Northern Ireland; Angel Row & The Bonnington, Nottingham, England; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
“Millenium Sculpture Project,” London, England, 1999
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, England, 1999 (site-specific project)
2005 “An Aside,” selected by Tacita Dean, Camden Arts Centre, London,
England; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Glynn Vivian Art
Gallery, Swansea, Wales
“Prisoner Pair,” 2008, 16mm color film, 11 minutes
“Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS (in three movements) to John Cage's composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007”, 2008, Six 16mm color films with optical sound
“Amadeus”, 2008, 16mm color anamorphic film, silent, 50 minutes
“Darmstädter Werkblock”, 2007, 16mm color films with optical sound, 18 minutes

“Michael Hamburger”, 2007, 16mm color anamorphic film, 28 minutes
“Noir et Blanc”, 2006, 16mm black and white film, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
“Kodak”, 2006, 16 mm color and black and white film, 44 minutes
“Presentation Sisters”, 2005, 16mm, sound, 60 minutes
“Palast”, 2004, Film, sound, 10-1/2 minutes
“The Uncles”, 2004, 16mm film, 77 minutes
“Pie”, 2003, 16mm color film, optical sound, 7 minutes
“Boots”, 2003, 3, 16mm, color anamorphic films (English version; French version; German version), optical sound, 20 minutes (each)
“Diamond Ring, 2002, 16mm black and white film, 6 minutes (cycle of 12 films, each 27 seconds)
“Ztráta”, 1991/2002, 16mm black and white film (transferred from Standard 8),
3-1/2 minutes
“Section Cinema”, 2002, 16mm color film, optical sound, 13 minutes
“Mario Merz”, 2002, 16mm color film, optical sound, 8-1/2 minutes
“Baobab”, 2002, 16mm black and white film, optical sound, 10 minutes
“The Green Ray”, 2001, 16mm colour, 2 mins
“Fernsehturm”, 2001, 16mm colour anamorphic, optical sound, 44 mins
“Jukebox 2”, 2001, 1 console; 3 CD changing mechanisms, 192 CDs, 4 speakers
“Jukebox 1”, 2000, 1 console; 3 CD changing mechanisms, 192 CDs, 4 speakers
“Totality,” 2000, 16 mm, color, anamorphic film, 11 minutes
“Teignmouth Electron,” 2000, 16 mm, color, 7 minutes

“From Columbus Ohio to the Partially Buried Woodshed,” 1999, super-8 mm (transferred to video), color, 7 minutes
“Sound Mirrors,” 1999, 16 mm, black and white with optical sound, 7 minutes
“Banewl,” 1999, 16 mm, color, anamorphic film, 63 minutes
“Bubble House,” 1999, 16 mm, color, 7 minutes
“Gellért,” 1998, 16 mm, color, optical sound, 6 minutes
“The Structure of Ice,” 1997, 16 mm, color, optical sound, 3 minutes
“Disappearance at Sea II (Voyage de Guérison),” 1997, 16 mm anamorphic film, color, optical sound, 4 minutes
“Disappearance at Sea (Cinemascope),” 1996, 16 mm anamorphic film, color, optical sound, 14 minutes
“Delft Hydraulics,” 1996, 16 mm, black and white, optical sound, 3 minutes
“A Bag of Air,” 1995, 16 mm, black and white, optical sound, 3 minutes
“How to Put a Boat in a Bottle,” 1995, video, 18 minutes
“The Martyrdom of St. Agatha (in several parts),” 1994, 16 mm, color, optical sound, 14 minutes
“Girl Stowaway,” 1994, 16 mm, color and black and white, optical sound, 8 minutes
“The Story of Beard,” 1992, 16 mm, color, optical sound, 8 minutes

Recent Exhibits

Tacita Dean participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2016 Summer Selection
Marian Goodman Gallery
Jun, 2016 Last Week of Giorgio Morandi at CIMA
Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA)
Apr, 2016 Double Take: Drawing and Photography
Drawing Room
Mar, 2016 Guided Tours and Closing reception of Setting Out
Mar, 2016 …my English breath in foreign clouds
Marian Goodman Gallery
Feb, 2016 Shape Benefit Auction and Exhibition
Shape Arts Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for Tacita Dean
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Tacita Dean has Exhibited at these venues:

LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art eye
Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square Marian Goodman Gallery
Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) Drawing Room
apexart Shape Arts Gallery
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC Apexart
S.M.A.K. K21 Ständehaus
Schaulager Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Serpentine Sackler Gallery Frith Street Gallery, Soho Square
de Appel arts centre Peter Blum Gallery
Ethnologisches Museum Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Niels Borch Jensen Gallery Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Biennale of Sydney Tate Britain
Hammer Museum Galerie Marian Goodman - Paris
Lisa Cooley Laurel Gitlen
MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Whitechapel Gallery Berlinische Galerie
EFA Project Space FLAG Art Foundation
La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) Turner Contemporary
Mudam Luxembourg Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries - New Delhi
Hamburger Kunsthalle Contemporary Fine Arts
Fabric Workshop and Museum House of Voltaire
Irish Museum of Modern Art @ NCH New Museum
Donald Young Gallery Invisible-Exports
Tate Modern Peter Blum Gallery- Soho
Akademie der Künste - Hanseatenweg Matthew Marks Gallery - 522 W. 22nd St.
Kupferstichkabinett Fundacion Canal
Miami Art Museum Charles H. Scott Gallery - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Walker Art Center SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Bienal de São Paulo Lodz, Poland
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street
CCA Wattis Institute Kadist Art Foundation
James Cohan Gallery The Royal Academy of Arts
Kunstverein Hildesheim MOCA Pacific Design Center
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries International Center of Photography (ICP) Museum
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