To coinciding with online exhibition of ‘Alchemy of the Theatre’, now on until 25 April, Waddington Custot has made a series of films including walkthroughs of the show and spotlights on particular works to enable the exhibition to be enjoyed from home.
The first video focuses on the central platform installed in the gallery, which hosts a number of Flanagan’s well-loved bronze hares alongside stone and marble sculptures and hessian wall hangings.
Newly installed on the roof of Kasmin Gallery’s 509 West 27th Street space in NYC and viewable from The High Line (once re-opened) three monumental bronze sculptures by Flanagan are available to see this spring and summer. Since October 2018 the Kasmin Sculpture Garden has exhibited large scale works by Robert Indiana, Max Ernst and Joel Shapiro.
Work by Barry Flanagan will be available to see at several forthcoming art fairs including TEFAF, The Armory, Art Basel and artgenève.
Waddington Custot Gallery will be exhibiting again at the 2020 TEFAF Maastricht, 7-15 March. Alongside works by other artists they will be showing works by Flanagan including ‘Elephant’ (1981), ‘Hare and Bell’ (1981), ‘Monument’ (1995) and ‘Moon Gold Hare’ (2008) pictured. For more information visit Waddingtoncustot.com
Kasmin Gallery will be exhibiting at The Armory Show, New York City, 5-8 March. Alongside works by other artists they will be showing Flanagan’s ‘That Was Shell That Was’ (2002). For more information visit KasminGallery.com.
Focussing on the works in bronze for which Flanagan is widely celebrated, Waddington Custot’s forthcoming exhibition marks forty years since the first solo show of Flanagan’s work at the gallery, then Waddington Galleries, in 1980.
Alchemy of the Theatre explores the theatrical elements of Flanagan’s sculptures, from their dramatic conception, to the performances of the hares to reflect human experience. At the heart of the exhibition are Flanagan’s well-loved sculptural depictions of hares, which are captured in various positions of dynamic movement, cast in bronze.
Flanagan began to focus his practice more resolutely on bronze from 1979. Proclaiming the atmosphere of the bronze casting foundry to be: ‘as exciting as standing in the wings of a theatre, with the first night buzz’, he would develop a deep engagement with the material of bronze and the fabrication of the sculptures, even setting up a temporary apartment on the premises of east London’s A&A Foundry with whom he worked. Now known as AB Fine Art Foundry, it is the same location where today the Estate of Barry Flanagan is headquartered.
It was the collaborative nature of the relationship with the foundry that appealed to Flanagan, as he described: ‘My fascination is to do with the alchemy of the theatre of the group with my particular input as author and with the communal skills of the foundry that I do not control or direct. It’s a theatrical group. My precious original is sacrificed to the power of the mould.’
Private View: 6-8pm 3 March 2020
Exhibition: 4 March – 18 April 2020
Waddington Custot Gallery will be exhibiting again at this years Art Basel Miami Beach, 5-8 December 2019. Alongside works by other artists they will be showing three barry Flanagan sculptures, ‘Elephant’ (1981), ‘Hells Bells’ (2005) and ‘Whistler’s Brush’ (2005).
The major Barry Flanagan survey exhibition at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham has now come to an end (18 September — 24 November 2019) but the beautiful exhibition catalogue continues to be available through the gallery shop and online, containing installation images alongside texts by the artist.
To celebrate the work and interests of Barry Flanagan whilst the current major solo exhibition is on at Ikon Gallery many varied associated events are programmed.
On Wednesday 16th October at Medicine Bakery and Gallery Roma Piotrowska, Curatorial Officer at Wolverhampton Art Gallery will introduce three films by Polish-British artist duo Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, including The Adventure of a Good Citizen (1937), Calling Mr Smith (1943) and The Eye and the Ear (1944–5). As a student of Birmingham School of Art, Flanagan included the Themersons in an exhibition at the RBSA and continued to include them in his magazine Silâns (1964–5). This event is supported by Film Hub Midlands and LUX.
Other events include:
Tuesday 29th October – ‘Between Poetry and Sculpture’ a discussion between Jo Melvin (Director of the Estate of Barry Flanagan) and the artist Roger Moss (an assistant of Flanagan’s) on the poetic’s of Flanagan’s practice.
Thursday 31 October – ‘Leaping Hares Workshop’ a creative workshop for families taking inspiration from Flanagan’s Leaping Hares.
Thursday 7th November – ‘OTO at Ikon: Gavin Bryars and Morgan Goff’ – Bryars, a prominent figure in minimalist and experimental music presents seven one-minute pieces written in response to Flanagan’s involvement in ‘Pataphysics
Thursday 21st November – ‘Ikon Youth Programme: Showcase Bollard Project’ Ikon Youth Programme and students from Birmingham School of Art respond to Barry Flanagan’s bollards project.
Booking is essential for all of the above events at Ikon Gallery. For the full list of events and to book visit ikon-gallery.org/whats-on/
‘Drummer’ (1996) was gifted by Barry Flanagan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in 2001. After 13 Years on display at the museum the five metre tall sculpture is now on loan to Kildare Village until February 2020. Here’s a video they’ve made of its journey down from Dublin to its new temporary home.
This touring show continues to travel the UK and is currently exhibited at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until the 10 November. Join Professor Paul Coldwell, an artist and Professor in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of the Arts London, on Tuesday 22 October as he takes a broad view of printmaking and discusses the many reasons why artists are drawn to the multiple image.
For more information and tickets visit the Gallery website here.
Flanagan’s ‘Killary Bay ‘79’ (1979) is included in the exhibition alongside nearly 60 artists including Walter Sicker, Ben Nicholson Eduardo Chillida David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Kenneth Martin Simon Patterson.
Check out the fantastic video with Professor Paul Coldwell’s introduction to the four main printmaking techniques used by the artists involved.
Three weeks to go until Barry Flanagan opens at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham on 18th September. This major survey of over 70 works will include a selection of Flanagan’s iconic bronzes alongside earlier works made in many different mediums demonstrating his ongoing experimentation with materials and their properties. The exhibition will run until the 24th November.