Michael Dean, the Engilsh artist who has won attention for wonderfully wooly sculptures and installations, is now represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York.
Currently on the short list for the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, Dean makes assemblages that seem to be just barely held together by the work of a quickly improvising handyman and some measure of luck. Twist ties and bike locks bind tubes of concrete, and casts of hands sprout from pieces, some of which are crowned with plastic bags.
Next year, Dean will have a solo outing at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, following recent one-person exhibitions at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, Portikus in Frankfurt, South London Gallery, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. (A not unimpressive lineup of spaces, that.)
Dean appeared in the 2017 edition of the closely watched Skulptur Projekte Münster in Germany, where he presented a sprawling, charmingly ramshackle installation at the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, draping its atrium in plastic and presenting spindly sculptures that suggested bodies dancing or flying about, morphing into something truly strange.