Art, Visualizing

Sculpture for a Modern World

October 3, 2015

Sculptor-Barbara-HepworthOne of the most prominent British artists of 20th century, Barbara Hepworth’s work has been inspiration and influence for contemporary artists and creatives over the decades. Besides remarkable Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden at St.Ives, it took half of the century for Tate Britain to present the London retrospective of Barbara Hepworth’s work that highlights artist’s often overlooked prominence in the international art world. As a leading figure of the international modern art movement in the 1930s, and one of the most successful sculptors in the world during the 1950s and 1960s, Barbara Hepworth left a huge legacy. Therefore, Tate’s Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World features over 100 works, from Hepworth’s major carvings and bronzes to her less-familiar works. It also highlights the different contexts and spaces in which Hepworth developed and presented her work, from the studio to the landscape.

The intention of exhibition is to present Hepworth in a broader light and through whole career, not just focusing on the years of the Cornwall where she moved in the 1940s and began to express her experience of the new surroundings with eminent wood carvings. Alongside sculpture, exhibition features rarely seen textiles, photographs, collages and film, and selected works by her peers and predecessors from Jacob Epstein to Henry Moore. To celebrate the exhibition, Tate Britain invited Margaret Howell to create an exclusive collection of clothes that are on sale at Tate Britain and in Margaret Howell online shop.

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World
opened till 25 October 2015 
/ / Tate Britain, Linbury Galleries
for more info and admission fee visit tate.org.uk

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Two Forms, 1935 Snakewood

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Double exposure of Two Forms, 1937

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Pierced Hemisphere, 1937 Marble

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Hepworth started to incorporate string into her sculpture in 1939, with works carved in plaster, and later in wood

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Pelagos, 1946 Elm wood with colour and strings

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Curved Form (Wave II) 1959

Photo-collage with Helicoids in Sphere in the entrance hall of flats designed by Alfred and Emil Roth and Marcel Breuer at Doldertal, Zurich 1939
Photo-collage with Helicoids in Sphere in the entrance hall of flats designed by Alfred and Emil Roth and Marcel Breuer at Doldertal, Zurich 1939

Barbara Hepworth in the Palais de la Danse studio, St Ives, at work on the wood carving Hollow Form with White Interior 1963
Barbara Hepworth in the Palais de la Danse studio, St Ives, at work on the wood carving Hollow Form with White Interior, 1963

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Barbara Hepworth with her cat Nicholas and her sculpture Reclining Form (Rosewall), 1961 by Ida Kar

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Barbara Hepworth, by Bob Collins 1971

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Margaret Howell for Tate Britain


In this film, curator Chris Stephens spotlights the physical process and attention to detail behind Hepworth’s work

images © The Hepworth Photograph Collection / © Bowness


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