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Richard Deacon Wins Ernst Franz Vogelmann Prize for Sculpture

Richard Deacon was awarded the Ernst Franz Vogelmann Prize for Sculpture on Tuesday, Monopol reports. Since 2008, the honorary award—with its $31,230 cash prize—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. It also includes a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Vogelmann in fall 2017. Past winners of the triennial prize are Thomas Schütte (2014), Franz Erhard Walther (2011), and Roman Signer (2008).

Deacon was 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 honor, telling the German Press Agency, “I am very grateful that the jury has chosen me, and I am very pleased to exhibit in Heilbronn.” Deacon is known for his voluptuous abstract forms in wood, ceramics, stainless steel, and plastic—he also produces drawings, collages, and prints.