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John B. Flannagan: On Paper and In Stone

May 23–September 20, 1998

A collection of six sculptures and about twenty-five works of art on paper by the American artist John B. Flannagan (1895–1942) are featured in this exhibition, demonstrating rough-hewn stone sculptures of animals and women that find their forerunners in pre-Columbian, African, Celtic, and Gothic art; as well as expressive black line-drawings recalling certain works by Rodin and Matisse. The installation also includes several watercolors created by Flannagan during two extended stays in Ireland. On paper and in stone, Flannagan's artistic interests emerge in his direct methods as he employs natural forms, celebrates the inherent qualities of his materials, and asserts certain elemental truths about life, death, and rebirth.

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Ashley West • Curatorial Intern in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Innis Howe Shoemaker • The Audrey and William H. Helfand Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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