The exhibition catalogue for Barry Flanagan’s “The Hare is Metaphor” (April 18 - June 9, 2018) is now available. Curated by Dr. Jo Melvin (Director of the Estate of Barry Flanagan,) the exhibition offered new insights into the interconnectedness of distinct periods of Barry Flanagan’s 40-year career. Whilst demonstrating the artist’s ongoing experimentation with materials and a symbiosis between abstraction and figuration, it challenged the supposition that Flanagan’s later works represent a marked shift in the artist’s approach to art-making. Rather, the works represent the distillation of Flanagan’s decades-long fascination with ontology, movement, and the physicality of the various materials with which he worked.
Bringing together a selection of the artist’s iconic bronze hares from the 1980s - 1990s alongside his lesser-known works made with rope, sand, cloth, stone, ceramics and light as a sculptural component (largely from the 1960s - 1970s,) the exhibition also featured a series of small paper collages, drawings, prints, and film. These works, elaborating on the dynamic potential of bronze first radically proposed by Rodin, have been celebrated across the world from the moment of their debut and emit a bounding life-force unparalleled in contemporary sculpture.
This fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue features an essay by Dr. Jo Melvin, a detailed chronology of the artist’s life, and rarely seen archival material.
Softcover, 124 pages; 10 ¾ x 8 ¾ inches, 27.3 x 22.2 cm