Imaginary Solutions

3 Feb - 10 Mar 2023
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
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Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce Imaginary Solutions, an exhibition showing sculptures, film stills and works on paper by Barry Flanagan from five decades.

In this exhibition we find examples from Flanagan’s earliest conceptual works, based on serialism, repetition, colour and the process driven concerns of Minimalism, through to the collages on paper concerned with an investigation into the nature of material as much as form, the figurative bronzes of the 1980s and ’90s, right until his silver cast Croissant in Silver (Bread Roll) from 2006. The earliest work on display, metal 2 ’64, 1964, is an intelligent and humorous piece, which quotes and questions the attitude to formalism promoted by his teacher Anthony Caro. Where Caro used firm structures and glossy paint, metal 2 ’64 while made from similar salvaged materials, is deliberately unstable and unfinished. Following on chronologically, three works from Flanagan’s 1969 ‘daylight light piece’ series are imbued with a subtle and poetic quality: beams of light are projected onto an empty corner of the exhibition space, a crumpled length of blue canvas, and a piece of cloth pinned to the wall respectively, taking the viewer unawares and exemplifying the artist’s elevation of light as a sculptural material.

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