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‘Flash’ is one of a number of abstract wall sculptures, made by Betty Parsons from pieces of wood and other materials washed up on the beach near her studio home on Long Island. ‘Flash’ was donated to the IMMA Collection by friend and collector of Parsons’ work, Gordon Lambert.

MediumPainted wood
Dimensions Unframed, 64.5 x 57.4 x 6.8 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.353 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Betty Parsons, Flash, 1975, Painted wood, Unframed, 64.5 x 57.4 x 6.8 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Betty Parsons 1900–1982

American artist and gallery owner Betty Parsons studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. She was one of the pioneers of the found object, using driftwood to make colourful formal arrangements that can be considered both painting and sculpture. Parsons opened her pioneering gallery on 57th Street, New York, in 1946. She represented young avant-garde artists including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnet Newman and Agnes Martin. Parsons visited Ireland many times.

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