Ibiza’s Barry Flanagan – 1941-2009

September 1st, 2009 - 2:22 pm Posted in barry flanagan, ibiza | Comments (0)

The distinguished British sculptor, Barry Flanagan sadly died in Ibiza last night. He has numerous of his scupltures in prominent places around Ibiza and was well known to everyone on the island.

Barry Flanagan’s series of hare sculptures, which he began in the late 1970s, are among the most instantly recognisable artworks of the last 20 years. Playful spontaneous and full of life, many show their subject engaged in human activities like dancing, playing musical instruments and sports, and using technology.

Barry Flanagan was born in Prestatyn, North Wales in 1941. He studied at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts (1957-1958) before going on to St. Martin’s School of Art in London in 1964. Flanagan graduated in 1966 and went on to teach at St. Martin’s School of Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1967-1971). Flanagan represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1982.

A major retrospective of his work was held at the Fundacion ‘La Caixa’ Madrid in 1993, touring to the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nantes in 1994. Flanagan’s bronze hares have also been exhibited in many outdoor spaces, most notably on Park Avenue in New York in 1995-6 and at Grant Park, Chicago in 1996. In 1999, he had a solo exhibition at Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Brussels followed by an exhibition at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool (2000). In 2002, a major exhibition of his work was shown at the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany, and toured to the Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice.

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