I prefer working with the essential stuff of sculpture rather than my own “ambitions” for it. This way I hope to find things’Barry Flanagan, 1969, Catalogue Statement, Art in Process iv, Finch College, NY, 1969
Flanagann’s life long obsession with Alfred Jarry, the French playwright, and Jarry’s philosophy of ‘pataphysics.
Barry Flanagan represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1982. This retrospective, like the recent Tate show ‘Barry Flanagan: Early works 1965 – 1982’ (September 2011 – January 2012), included work crafted in stone, canvas, sheet metal and bronze spanning his career from the early 1960s to 1982.
This outdoor exhibition involved the installation of some of Flanagan’s later work – bronze hares – along Park Avenue. Flanagan is best known for these large bronzes which feature in public places across the world and which dominated the later part of his career. He exhibited a number of times in the US, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York.