Past exhibition

Two Pataphysicians

Flanagan Miró
8 October–8 November 2014

Waddington Custot Galleries is pleased to present the first exhibition to consider the relationship between the Spanish artist Joan Miró and Barry Flanagan. Opening on 8 October 2014, Two Pataphysicians will offer a unique opportunity to explore the inventiveness and versatility of their work and their shared interest in the idea of ’Pataphysics.

 

Created by the French writer Alfred Jarry (1873–1907), ’Pataphysics was defined by him as a ‘science of imaginary solutions’. Properly denoted with an apostrophe before the ‘p’, as if to close a previous speech mark, the ideology is founded on principles of metaphorical circularity and alchemical processes. Often exploring a juxtaposition between paradox and the absurd, ’Pataphysics shaped twentieth century movements including Dada and Surrealism.

 

For this exhibition, Waddington Custot Galleries has selected sculptures by both artists demonstrating the influence that Jarry's ideology exerted on their work and highlighting the inspiration that Flanagan took from the work of the Catalan master.

 

Reflecting the pataphysical emphasis on mutable forms, Miró's sculptures imbue discarded objects such as tools, wheels, contraptions and bits of furniture with human-like associations. Transformed through the casting process, the patina of the bronze accentuates the found nature of the objects and emphasises their organic qualities. Often resembling artefacts from an ancient site, these items are curiously familiar and simultaneously alien.

 

The morphological principle of ’Pataphysics is also evident throughout Flanagan’s oeuvre and can be seen here in the unicorn rearing up on its hind legs, the colourful hessian wall hangings and his trademark bronze hares that leap and dance through the exhibition. The artist’s fascination with the hare began with his sighting of the creature leaping through a snowy field. The animal’s energy and grace captured the artist’s imagination, and in 1979 he made his first cast of a leaping hare. In an interview in 2006, Flanagan stated that he found in the hare a rich and expressive subject that could carry the conventions of the cartoon and the attributions of the human into the animal form.

 

Bringing these artists together for the first time, Two Pataphysicians presents a dynamic exchange on a pivotal twentieth-century ideology.

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Works

  • Joan Miró, Fillette / Young Girl, 1967 Joan Miró, Fillette / Young Girl, 1967 bronze 14 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 4 3/4 in / 37 x 13 x 12 cm
  • Joan Miró, Figure, 1968 Joan Miró, Figure, 1968 bronze 23 x 10 1/4 x 7 in / 58.5 x 26 x 18 cm
  • Joan Miró, La Servante / The Servant, 1969 Joan Miró, La Servante / The Servant, 1969 bronze and firebrick 27 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 5 7/8 in / 70 x 27 x 15 cm
  • Joan Miró, La Boulangère / The Baker, 1970 Joan Miró, La Boulangère / The Baker, 1970 bronze 40 1/8 x 14 7/8 x 15 3/8 in / 102 x 38 x 39 cm
  • Joan Miró, Femme / Woman, 1970 Joan Miró, Femme / Woman, 1970 bronze 7 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 6 1/2 in / 19 x 20 x 16.5 cm
  • Joan Miró, Oiseau sur un rocher / Bird on a Rock, 1971 Joan Miró, Oiseau sur un rocher / Bird on a Rock, 1971 painted bronze (ed.2) 17 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 8 1/4 in / 44 x 36 x 21 cm
  • Joan Miró, Bas-relief, 1971 Joan Miró, Bas-relief, 1971 bronze, unique 33 7/8 x 24 3/8 x 11 3/4 in / 86 x 62 x 30 cm
  • Joan Miró, Personnage à bras ouverts / Personage with Open Arms, 1971 Joan Miró, Personnage à bras ouverts / Personage with Open Arms, 1971 9 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 6 3/4 in / 24.5 x 30 x 17 cm bronze
  • Joan Miró, Personnage et oiseaux / Personage and Birds, 1972 Joan Miró, Personnage et oiseaux / Personage and Birds, 1972 bronze (ed.2) 22 x 27 1/8 x 18 1/8 in / 56 x 69 x 46 cm
  • Joan Miró, Femme et oiseaux / Woman and Birds, 1972 Joan Miró, Femme et oiseaux / Woman and Birds, 1972 bronze (ed.2) 60 5/8 x 34 5/8 x 19 5/8 in / 154 x 88 x 50 cm
  • Joan Miró, Personnage, oiseau / Personage, Bird, 1977 Joan Miró, Personnage, oiseau / Personage, Bird, 1977 bronze 24 3/8 x 20 7/8 x 11 3/4 in / 62 x 53 x 30 cm
  • Joan Miró, Souvenir de la Tour Eiffel / Souvenir of the Eiffel Tower, 1977 Joan Miró, Souvenir de la Tour Eiffel / Souvenir of the Eiffel Tower, 1977 bronze 131 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 31 1/2 in / 334 x 54 x 80 cm
  • Joan Miró, Personnage, 1981 Joan Miró, Personnage, 1981 bronze 35 x 24 3/8 x 17 3/4 in / 89 x 62 x 45 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Untitled, 1972 Barry Flanagan, Untitled, 1972 hessian, acrylic paint and newspaper 29 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 4 in / 29 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 4 in
  • Barry Flanagan, Dark Red 1, 1973-78 Barry Flanagan, Dark Red 1, 1973-78 coloured hessian, acrylic paint and wood 61 1/8 x 23 1/4 x 6 3/4 in / 155 x 59 x 17 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Untitled (orange wall hanging), 1973 Barry Flanagan, Untitled (orange wall hanging), 1973 coloured hessian, acrylic paint and wood 53 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 5/8 in / 136 x 49.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Untitled (red wall hanging), 1973 Barry Flanagan, Untitled (red wall hanging), 1973 coloured hessian, acrylic paint and wood 58 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 6 3/4 in / 148.6 x 64.8 x 17 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Hare on Curly Bell, 1980 Barry Flanagan, Hare on Curly Bell, 1980 bronze 36 3/4 x 36 x 20 in / 93.3 x 91.4 x 50.8 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Acrobats, 2004 Barry Flanagan, Acrobats, 1981 bronze 60 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 18 in / 153 x 42 x 45.7 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Ball and Claw, 1981 Barry Flanagan, Ball and Claw, 1981 bronze and Portland stone 44 1/8 x 20 1/4 x 7 1/2 in / 112 x 51.5 x 19 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Harebell on Portland stone piers, 1983 Barry Flanagan, Harebell on Portland stone piers, 1983 bronze 95 1/2 x 112 x 75 in / 242.6 x 284.5 x 190.5 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, The Voyager, 1984 Barry Flanagan, The Voyager, 1984 bronze 85 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 31 in / 216.5 x 47 x 78.5 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Unicorn and Oak Tree, 1991 Barry Flanagan, Unicorn and Oak Tree, 1991 bronze 53 x 36 x 36 in / 134.6 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Gallifa Study XIII, 1992 Barry Flanagan, Gallifa Study XIII, 1992 bronze 11 x 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 in / 28 x 13.5 x 9.8 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Large Mirror Nijinski, 1992 Barry Flanagan, Large Mirror Nijinski, 1992 bronze 121 3/4 x 89 x 36 in / 309.2 x 226 x 91.4 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Figure in the Trees, 1993 Barry Flanagan, Figure in the Trees, 1993 bronze 70 x 36 1/2 x 26 1/2 in / 177.8 x 92.7 x 67.3 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Marine Drummer, 1995 Barry Flanagan, Marine Drummer, 1995 bronze 41 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 18 in / 104.8 x 36.2 x 45.7 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Thinker on Rock, Medium (Cast 2012), 1997 Barry Flanagan, Thinker on Rock, Medium (Cast 2012), 1997 bronze 44 1/2 x 24 x 22 1/2 in / 113 x 61 x 57 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Empire State with Bowler, Mirrored, 1997 Barry Flanagan, Empire State with Bowler, Mirrored, 1997 bronze, in two parts 90 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 17 1/4 in / 229.8 x 45 x 43.8 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Homage to Howard's Engineering, 1999 Barry Flanagan, Homage to Howard's Engineering, 1999 bronze 46 1/2 x 21 x 18 in / 118 x 53.3 x 45.7 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Handstand in Aid of Millennial Blessings, 1999 Barry Flanagan, Handstand in Aid of Millennial Blessings, 1999 bronze 31 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 14 1/4 in / 80 x 36.2 x 36.2 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Pirate Wheel, 2005 Barry Flanagan, Pirate Wheel, 2005 bronze 83 7/8 x 78 x 29 1/4 in / 213 x 198 x 74.3 cm
  • Barry Flanagan, Moon Gold Hare, 2008 Barry Flanagan, Moon Gold Hare, 2008 bronze and gilded bronze 64 1/8 x 57 3/8 x 15 1/8 in / 162.9 x 145.8 x 38.5 cm

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