Teignmouth Electron (Special Edition, 2009)
A special hardback edition book printed offset, full colour, with blind embossing on the front cover, and presented in a dark blue slipcase. Designed by Martyn Ridgewell and produced by Book Works Studio.
Presented with a photographic print Teignmouth Electron, location photograph 1999/2009
405 x 500 mm (print paper size), 240 x 300 mm (image size).
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered by the artist
Standard Price £450
Supporters price* £405
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This special edition was co-published by Book Works and Steidl, on occasion of the paperback edition of Tacita Dean’s book, Teignmouth Electron (2009)
About the work:
Teignmouth Electron deals with the tragic and extraordinary story of the amateur yachtsman, Donald Crowhurst; a story which has preoccupied Tacita Dean for several years. Crowhurst filed false reports of his progress and position in the 1968 single-handed non-stop around the world yacht race. He became obsessed with time and two weeks before he was due home to a hero’s welcome, his yacht, Teignmouth Electron was found adrift and empty.
Today his boat lies beached and abandoned at its final resting place, Cayman Brac, an island in the Caribbean. Tacita Dean has visited the island in an attempt to piece together the story of Crowhurst; she also studied books, articles, films and recorded testimonies from people who knew him. The result is a loosely woven narrative of striking texts and images that trace the Donald Crowhurst story and Tacita Dean’s quest to understand more.
About the artist:
Tacita Dean is a British artist born in 1965 in Canterbury. She lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles, where she was the Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in 2014-2015. Dean has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009,the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2006, and the Sixth Benesse Prize at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.
Solo exhibitions were recently held in 2022 at MUDAM, Luxembourg, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; in 2021 at Kunstmuseum Basel; in 2020 at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo; in 2019 at the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen and at the Serralves Museum, Porto; in 2018 at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, as well as The Royal Academy of Arts, London, as part of a trilogy of exhibitions held in conjunction with the city’s National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
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