Barry Flanagan 1941-2009

By Wilson, Andrew | Art Monthly, October 2009 | Go to article overview

Barry Flanagan 1941-2009


Wilson, Andrew, Art Monthly


Barry Flanagan's first solo exhibition at the Rowan Gallery took place in 1966, just a few months after he had left St Martin's School of Art. His work of this period was made from everyday materials such as hessian, sand, muslin, plaster or rope, and the apparent simplicity of the materials and the direct way in which they were deployed caused him to be compared with the then current tendencies of anti-form post-minimal sculpture and Arte Povera. However, such a connection--largely on the level of a similarity of appearance--hides much of what actually motivated him as an artist.

An indication of these motivations can be found in his long-term sympathy with 'Pataphysics--Alfred Jarry's 'science of imaginary solutions', described helpfully by Raymond Queneau as established 'on the truth of contradictions and exceptions'. In 1964 Flanagan had been given a copy of the May-June 1960 special issue of Evergreen Review entitled 'What is 'Pataphysics?', and the paradoxical discovery of imaginary solutions was to be his guiding light from this point. He did not enrol formally in the College de 'Pataphysique, instead his enrollment had a strong flavour of imagination. He later told Thieri Foulc (the Provediteur-Editeur general of the College) that he would 'never throw away his card of membership until it crumbles into dust', even though he never did receive a membership card. In 2001, however, he was formally admitted to the College when he was co-opted among its Satraps. This took place at a party in Paris that year where Flanagan met fellow Satraps including Dario Fo, Umberto Eco and Jean Baudrillard.

Sculptures made from materials that are allowed to find their own form--sand that flows through the fingers, rope running along a gallery floor, a pile of folded canvas sheets, a line that can describe a volume (and a volume descriptive of a line), light that takes graphic form--all rest on a seemingly arbitrary process, followed consistently, where artistic creation can be found in an activity of making. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Barry Flanagan 1941-2009
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.