Barry Flanagan untitled (carving no. 13/81) 1981

Artwork details

Artist
Barry Flanagan 1941–2009
Title
untitled (carving no. 13/81)
Date 1981
Medium Travertine stone
Dimensions Object: 355 x 1410 x 585 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03608
Not on display

Display caption

This sculpture and 'Carving No. 2', also displayed here, are from a series of thirteen abstract marble carvings made in 1981 at Pietrasanta, the famous Italian centre for stone carving. For all these works Flanagan first made small hand-sized models in clay, rolling, squeezing, and twisting the material. These little shapes were afterwards reinterpreted on a larger scale in marble by skilled craftsmen working under the artist's direction. This collaboration extended to the choice of appropriate materials to carve. Here the finished work clearly shows a scaled-up version of the impression of the artist's fingers where he has squeezed the original small piece of clay.

August 2004

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