Barbara Hepworth DBE (10 January 1903 – 20 May 1975) was an English artist and sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism and in particular modern sculpture. She was “one of the few women artists to achieve international prominence.
The exhibition follows a smooth trajectory, from Hepworth’s first hand carvings, curvaceous figures in stone and wood, to her abstract, abrasively surfaced bronzes of the late 1950s. The selection shows how she was never static in her work, enjoying sculpting as a physical process, carving everything herself, constantly refining surfaces, shapes and balance.
The retrospective, featuring over 100 pieces, invites spectators to understand her legacy through a set of diverse contexts. These depict the evolution of her work, which is staged in different galleries.
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World is curated by Penelope Curtis. The exhibition runs until October 25th before it tours to the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo in the Netherlands tand to the Arp Museum, Rolandseck in Germany.
Selected Sculptures By Barbara Hepworth
Hepworth’s most notable works include the following:
– Torso (1928, Tate)
– Figure of a Woman (1929, Tate)
– Infant (1929, Tate)
– Seated Figure (1932-3, Tate)
– Sculpture with Profiles (1932, Tate)
– Two Forms (1933, Tate)
– Three Forms (1935, Tate)
– Discs in Echelon (1935, cast 1959, Tate)
– Wave (1943, National Gallery of Scotland)
– Dyad (1949, National Gallery of Scotland)
– Pierced Form (Epidauros, 1960, Tate)
– Sphere with Inner Form (1963, Tate)
– Hollow Form with White (1965, Tate)
– Construction (Crucifixion) Homage to Mondrian (1966, Winchester Cathedral)
– Conversation with Magic Stones (1973, National Gallery of Scotland)
Sunday October 25 2005