Tacita Dean (British, b.1965) was born in Canterbury, England. She attended the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall, England, the Supreme School of Fine Art in Athens, Greece, and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has produced works in various media, including sculpture, photography, and woodwork. Some of her unique and renowned creations, however, have involved the use of film as portrait. By projecting a series of frames, each blown up and lit to her own specifications, Dean makes the celluloid film itself the subject over and above the action in the film.

Her 2006 Kodak and 2011 Film have each received glowing reviews from critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Some critics interpret her calling as a protest against the passing of celluloid in the present age of digital memory. Showing her work since the early 1990s, Dean has had engagements with the Frith Street Gallery and Tate Gallery in London, the Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris, the Niels Borch Jensen Gallery in Berlin, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. Her works have also been viewed in Melbourne, Dublin, and New York. Dean's art never fails to attract recognition, earning her numerous prizes and awards.

Upon completion of her studies in 1992, the artist earned the New Contemporaries Award for recent art school graduates. She subsequently earned a stint as artist-in-residence at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH. The 21st century has seen her receive the Regione Piemonte Art Prize, the Barclay's Young Artist Award, the Sixth Bennesse Prize, and the Kurt Schwitters Award. Dean was nominated in 2006 for the Guggenheim Museum's Hugo Boss Prize. Other honors include participation in the Scriptwriter's Lab at the prestigious Sundance Institute in Utah. Most of her reviewers praise her for reminding the public of the beauty of celluloid and the artistic importance of analog technology. Dean's website lists the Frith Street Gallery of London and the Marian Goodman Galleries in Paris and New York as her primary representatives. The artist currently lives and works in Berlin.


Born in Canterbury, England
Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth, England
Greek Government scholarship to the Supreme School of Fine Art, Athens, Greece
The Slade School of Fine Art, London, England
New Contemporaries Award, London, England
Scriptwriter’s Lab, Sundance Institute, Sundance, UT
Turner Prize nomination, Tate Gallery, London, England
Aachnerkunstlerpreis, Aachen, Germany
Artist in Residence, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Millennium Sculpture Project, The Millennium Dome, London, England
DAAD Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Berlin, Germany
Regione Piemonte Art Prize
Barclays Young Artist Award, London, England
Benesse Prize, Venice Biennale
Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Kurt Schwitters Award, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


Tacita Dean: Five Americans, New Museum, New York, NY (solo)
The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean, Tate Modern, London, England
Tacita Dean, Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
Tacita Dean: The Line of Fate, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS… (six performances, six films), Academie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
The Friar's Doodle, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia/Abadia de Santo Domingo de Silos, Spain (solo)
Craneway Event, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France (solo)
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
Still Life, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy (solo)
In My Manor, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin, Germany
Amadeus, Marian Goodman, Paris, France
Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY
Wandermüde, Frith Street Gallery, London, England
Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Tacita Dean, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tacita Dean: Film Works, Miami Art Central, Miami, FL
Tacita Dean, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Presentation Sisters and the Presentation Windows, South Presentation Convent, Cork, Ireland
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales
Tacita Dean, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Boots, Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK
Tacita Dean, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK
Tacita Dean, De Pont, Tilburg, Netherlands
Gellért, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Blind Pan, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany
Tacita Dean, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Works Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
The Russian Ending, Peter Blum, New York, NY
The Russian Ending, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany
Tacita Dean, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Tacita Dean, Marian Goodman, Paris, France
Directions, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
Tacita Dean, DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Fernsehturm, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany
Tacita Dean, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
The Sea, With a Ship; Afterwards an Island, Sadler’s Wells, London, England
Tacita Dean, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
The Sea, With a Ship; Afterwards an Island, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
Banewl, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, England
Friday/Saturday, North Meadows Project, Millennium Dome, London, England
Tacita Dean, Galerie Gebauer, Berlin, Germany
Tacita Dean, De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, Holland
The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days, The Drawing Room, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Tacita Dean, Frith Street Gallery, London, England
Foley Artist, ART NOW, Tate Gallery, London, England
Clear Sky, Upper Air, Frith Street Gallery, London, England
The Martyrdom of St. Agatha and Other Stories, Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Art and the Moving Image: A Critical Reader, Edited by Tanya Leighton, Tate Publishing
Royoux, J-C, Tacita Dean, Published by Phadion Press Ltd.
Vischer, T. and Friedli, I.: Tacita Dean. Analogue: Drawings 1991-2006. Basel: Schaulager
Godfrey, M.: ‘Photography Found and Lost: On Tacita Dean’s Floh,’ October vol.114, Fall 2005, 90-119.
Trodd, T.: ‘Film at the End of the Twentieth Century: Obsolescence and Medium in the Work of Tacita Dean,’ Object 6, 2003/4.
Tacita Dean, Paris-Musées, éditions des musées de la Ville de Paris and Steidl Publishers, Germany
Tacita Dean. Barcelona: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Actar