previews

  • Barry Flanagan

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    June 28–September 17, 2006

    Curated by Enrique Juncosa

    From the soft sculptures of the late ’60s and the stone, marble, and sheet-metal pieces of the ’70s (with their allusions to Alfred Jarry’s absurdist ’pataphysics) to his more recent bronze casts of hares and other animals, British artist Barry Flanagan has always balanced humor and thoughtfulness with a concern for the essential qualities of sculpture—gravity, the manipulation of material, and representation. This career-spanning survey will extend out of doors onto IMMA’s grounds and even on to one of Dublin’s main thoroughfares, O’Connell Street, where Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane has arranged for eight large bronzes to be displayed. A catalogue includes essays by scholars Bruce Arnold and Mel Gooding, as well as an interview with Flanagan by Hans-Ulrich Obrist.