Awarded the Turner Prize in 1987, Richard Deacon has occupied the foreground of British sculpture since the early 1980s and continues to be an artist of international significance, fulfilling major public sculpture commissions around the world. His virtuoso constructions in wood, metal and plastic range in scale from the domestic to the monumental; they loop and curve across space like three-dimensional drawings, or hover on the floor like great drops of liquid. The new edition of this monograph has been updated to include over fifty additional pages documenting the artist’s work since 1995, including a major retrospective at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, in 1999. The update essay by Penelope Curtis, Head of Programmes at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, examines new directions in Deacon’s most recent work. British curator and critic Jon Thompson examines Deacon’s work in relation to language; the artist discusses the contexts of place and space with Italian scholar Pier Luigi Tazzi; American art critic Peter Schjeldahl reveals the complexities of a single sculpture. Deacon’s selected text, by anthropologist Mary Douglas, is on dirt ‘as matter out of place’.