Richard Deacon was awarded the 2017 Ernst Franz Vogelmann Prize for Sculpture. Since 2008, the honorary award has been jointly granted by Städtische Museen Heilbron (Municipal Museums Heilbronn) and the Ernst Franz Vogelmann Stiftung (Ernst Franz Vogelmann Foundation), both based in Heilbronn, Germany. The prize includes a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Vogelmann in autumn 2017. Past winners of the triennial prize include Thomas Schütte (2014), Franz Erhard Walther (2011) and Roman Signer (2008).
Deacon is cited as a “leading representative of contemporary sculpture and at the same time the most imaginative sculptor of his generation.” The Welsh-born artist, who lives in London and New York, acknowledged the honour, telling GPA (German Press Agency), “I am very grateful that the jury has chosen me, and I am very pleased to exhibit in Heilbronn.”
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