Serpentine Gallery 25 November 1978 — 7 January 1979 Free

This was a survey of Barry Flanagan’s three-dimensional work including his most recent sculpture in stone, steel, and cloth.

This exhibition of the work of Welsh-born artist Flanagan (1941-2009) was an early retrospective, organised by the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and curated by Rudi Fuchs. It travelled to the Serpentine Gallery and to the Arnolfini, Bristol.

Writing in The Guardian in 2009, Catherine Lampert (who co-wrote the exhibition catalogue with Fuchs) described how for the Serpentine and Arnolfini editions of the exhibition: “New works in Hornton stone and marble were added, roughly shaped and stacked, and revealing a quixotic, ‘animalistic’ character, such as Miracle in the Cabbage Patch (1978).”

The year of the exhibition was an important one in Flanagan’s oeuvre, as it was at this time that he began casting in bronze in London at A & A Sculpture Casting, resulting in his first Leaping Hare.

 

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