Barry Flanagan

1941 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Barry Flanagan is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the United Kingdom. Barry Flanagan was born in 1941. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Barry Flanagan's work is available on display in 5 galleries around the globe, such as in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Barry Flanagan's work include Beaux Arts London in the United Kingdom, Galleria Milano in Italy, as well as Galeria Toni Tàpies in Spain. Barry Flanagan's work has most recently been exhibited at Austin / Desmond Fine Art in London (11 February 2020 until 26 March 2020) with the exhibition Outlines. Barry Flanagan's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Land Matters (19 November 2019 - 23 January 2020) at Austin / Desmond Fine Art in London and AKTION: CONCEPTUAL ART & PHOTOGRAPHY (1960 – 1980), (13 July 2018 - 25 August 2018) at Richard Saltoun Gallery in London. Barry Flanagan's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called AKTION: CONCEPTUAL ART & PHOTOGRAPHY (1960 – 1980), and took place at Richard Saltoun Gallery in London, the United Kingdom from the 13 July 2018 to 25 August 2018.

Barry Flanagan in private collections

It is the collector jean-pierre Patricia, who is in possession of art by Barry Flanagan at Artland. jean-pierre Patricia also has works by other artists including Hur Kyung-Ae, Choi Jun Kun, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant degree outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically remarkable British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Barry Flanagan

Born in 1941, Barry Flanagan's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1960s. In the art sphere, a multitude of powerful changes were also taking place. Pop Art, adopting the culture of mass media through the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was slowly breaking down the foundations on which the production and reception of art were built. Getting inspired from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists rejected the authority of highbrow art and created a ground-breaking movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional manifestation and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aspiring to pure visual responses. Honesty and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly gathering polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. Delving further into some of the ideas inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – decidedly relating to Minimalism, with a fundamentally ruled-based approach, devoid of any emotional features. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally persuaded by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often linked to the human condition. worldwide, a significant number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group espoused similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Barry Flanagan

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