Barry Flanagan  (Welsh, 1941-2009) 

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Barry Flanagan (Welsh, born January 11, 1941–died August 31, 2009) is best known for his compelling bronze sculptures of hares and other animals, often depicted singing, dancing, or posing in moments of anthropomorphic activity. Born in Prestatyn, North Wales, Flanagan studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, later teaching at St. Martin’s Central School of Arts and Crafts in the late 1960s. While most of Flanagan’s peers were pursuing sculptures within the reductive confines of Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Flanagan studied theater and installation arts, and first sculpted works using organic materials, such as clay, sand, rope, and earth.

He later began working with bronze, which he viewed—with its dramatic manipulations of light and shadow—as an ideal expressive medium. He referenced significant experiences shaping a hare out of bronze as the inspiration for what would become his most iconic form. In addition to elephants, horses, unicorns, and other animals, Flanagan depicted his hares leaping across sculpted environments, sitting on a rock in the pose of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), or in other poses with idiosyncratic, fully-human expressions and actions, ranging from boredom and loneliness to contemplation, excitement, and joy. He received many commissions of his works, and public sculptures of his hares can be found in outdoor sites in Washington, D.C., New York, London, Madrid, Dublin, Chicago, and the Japanese coast, among other locations around the world. Flanagan died in 2009, at 68 years old.

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Barry Flanagan, At River Oich

 

Barry Flanagan
At River Oich
1976

New Art Centre
Barry Flanagan, On the Ness

 

Barry Flanagan
On the Ness
1976

New Art Centre
Barry Flanagan, Loch Ness

 

Barry Flanagan
Loch Ness
1976

New Art Centre
Barry Flanagan, (Small Thinker on Computer)

 

Barry Flanagan
(Small Thinker on Computer)
1998

Waddington Custot Galleries
Barry Flanagan, The Lack of Civility

 

Barry Flanagan
The Lack of Civility
1982

Nicholas Gallery
Barry Flanagan, Hare Theme PhD

 

Barry Flanagan
Hare Theme PhD
2002

New Art Centre
Barry Flanagan, Sketch for figure

 

Barry Flanagan
Sketch for figure
Russeck Gallery
Barry Flanagan, Thinker on Rock

 

Barry Flanagan
Thinker on Rock
1997

Travis Hansson Fine Art
Barry Flanagan, Small Mirrored Nijinski

 

Barry Flanagan
Small Mirrored Nijinski
2004

Art Plural Gallery
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Barry Flanagan, Killary Harbour I & II; Killary Bay (3 works)

 

Barry Flanagan
Killary Harbour I & II; Killary Bay (3 works), 1979
color linocuts

 

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Barry Flanagan, The Wren's Nest (+ 2 others; 3 works)

 

Barry Flanagan
The Wren's Nest (+ 2 others; 3 works), 1976
etching

 

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Barry Flanagan, Unicorn and Oak Tree

 

Barry Flanagan
Unicorn and Oak Tree, 1989
bronze w/brown patina

 

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1941   Born in Prestatyn, Wales, UK
1957 - 1958   Studied at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts
1964 - 1966   Studied at St. Martin's School of Art in London
1967 - 1971   Taught at St. Martin's School of Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts
2008   Gow Langsford Gallery Spring Catalogue Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
2003   Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain, Nice Narborough Hall, Norfolk
2000   Tate Gallery, Liverpool
1999   Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
1998   Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
‘Barry Flanagan: Sculptures and ceramics’, Galerie von Bartha, Basel
‘Barry Flanagan and Pataphysics’, Crestet Centre d’Art, Valréas
Waddington Galleries and The Economist Plaza, London
1997   Galerie Hans Mayer Düsseldorf, Germany
Centre Cultural La Tecla Sala, Barcelona
‘Barry Flanagan: Bronzes, Dibuixos i Gravats’, Edicions T Galeria D’Art, Barcelona
1996   Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
Galleria Karsten Greve, Milan
‘Barry Flanagan: Sculpture in Grant Park’, Chicago (organised by Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago in cooperation with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Park District)
1995   RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City
‘Barry Flanagan on Park Avenue’, 54th to 59th Street, New York (organised by The Avenue Association and The British Council in cooperation with Waddington Galleries, London)
1994   Pace Gallery New York, NY
Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf
Waddington Galleries, London
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
‘Barry Flanagan’, organised in collaboration with The British Council, Fundación ‘la Caixa’, Madrid; touring to Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (retrospective)
1993   Fundació
1992   Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
‘The Names of the Hare: Large bronzes by Barry Flanagan: 1983–1990’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Galerie Eric van de Weghe, Brussels
Landau Fine Art, Montreal
1991   Fuji Television Gallery Tokyo, Japan
1990   Waddington Galleries and The Economist Plaza, London
The Pace Gallery, New York
1988   Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
‘Barry Flanagan – A Visual Invitation, Sculpture 1967–1987’, organised in collaboration with The British Council, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne; touring to Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Modern Gallery, Ljubljana
1986   Tate Gallery, London (prints)
1985   Waddington Galleries London, UK
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo
1984   Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne
Waddington Graphics, London (etchings and linocuts)
1983   Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France
‘Barry Flanagan: Recent Sculpture’, The Pace Gallery, New York
‘Barry Flanagan, Stone and Bronze Sculptures’, British Council exhibition, British Pavilion, XXXX Biennale di Venezia; touring to Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1982   Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
‘Sixties and Seventies: Prints and drawings by Barry Flanagan’, Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno, Wales; touring in collaboration with the Welsh Arts Council to Oriel Theatr Clwyd, Mold; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Swansea; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1981   ‘Barry Flanagan: Sculptures in bronze 1980–1981’, Waddington Galleries, London
1980   Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
‘Barry Flanagan: Sculptures in stone 1973–1979’, Waddington Galleries, London
1979   Art and Project Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Barry Flanagan: Sculpture 1966–1976’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; touring to Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol; Serpentine Gallery, London
1977   Art and Project, Amsterdam
Hester van Royen Gallery, London
Apeldoorn Museum, Holland
1976   Centro de Arte y Comunicación Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hester van Royen Gallery, London
1974   Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
‘Barry Flanagan: Drawing 1966–1974’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
Galleria Dell’Ariete, Milan
1970 - 1974   Rowan Gallery London, UK
1971   Galleria del Leone, Venice
1969   Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Fishbach Gallery, New York
1968   Galerie Ricke, Kassel
Galleria Dell’Ariete, Milan
Galleria Christian Stein, Turin
1966   Rowan Gallery London, UK
  Public Collections
Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg, Austria
SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
FRAC - Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
Musée départemental d'Art ancien et contemporain d'Epinal, Epinal, France
Carré d´art - Musée d´art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes, France
BnF Site Richelieu, Paris, France
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France
Musée du sourire, Paris, France
Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France
Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS), Strasbourg, France
Musée d'art moderne Lille métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
FRAC - Rhône-Alpes, IAC - Institute d`art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin, Ireland
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Koriyama City Museum of Art, Koriyama, Japan
Rijksmuseum Twenthe - Museum voor oude en moderne kunst, Enschede, The Netherlands
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Ulster Museum, Belfast (Northern Ireland), UK
Dundee Contemporary Arts - DCA, Dundee (Scotland), UK
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds (England), UK
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (England), UK
Royal Academy of Arts, London (England), UK
Tate Britain, London (England), UK
John Creasey Museum, Salisbury (England), UK
SCAG - Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (England), UK
Yorkshire Sculpture Park - YSP, Wakefield, West Yorkshire (England), UK
Nerman Museum of Art, Overland Park, KS, USA
Runnymede Sculpture Farm, Woodside, CA, USA