×

Subscribe to Candid Magazine

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

June 7, 2015

ArtsSculpture | by Maxine Kirsty Sapsford


Barbara Hepworth, Sculpture with Colour (Deep Blue and Red) (6), 1943, Copyright The Hepworth Estate
Barbara Hepworth, Sculpture with Colour (Deep Blue and Red) (6), 1943, Copyright The Hepworth Estate

 

Coming soon to Tate Britain is a retrospective of sculptures by the world-renowned British artist Dame Barbara Hepworth. The bold simple lines of her abstract sculptures with their harmonious and undulating interactions between positive and negative space are instantly recognisable worldwide.

 

Barbara Hepworth, Curved Form (Delphi), 1955, Copyright The Estate of Dame Barbara Hepworth
Barbara Hepworth, Curved Form (Delphi), 1955, Copyright The Estate of Dame Barbara Hepworth

Long overdue, this is to be the first major exhibition of her work in London for almost 50 years since 1968 when the late Hepworth herself was in attendance. It will feature some of her rarer works alongside some of her most significant sculptures in wood, stone, and bronze.

 

‘This major exhibition charts her progress from the earliest surviving carvings to the large-scale bronzes of the 1960s. Among the highlights are four large sculptures in sumptuous African hardwood – the high point of her post-war carving career – reunited in one room.’

 

The exhibition will also offer a fresh look at the late artist’s works from original perspectives such as the studio, as well as other intended contexts including landscapes and architecture; adding an admirable and highly relevant depth to the retrospective given the positioning of one of her most famous public sculptures Single Form, which stands six and a half meters tall, situated outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.

 

Barbara Hepworth, Squares with Two Circles 1963, Copyright Tate
Barbara Hepworth, Squares with Two Circles 1963, Copyright Tate

A celebration of one of Art’s true starlets, a major influence in sculpture’s history and the shaping of its modern identity. An exhibition not to be missed.

 

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World opens at the Tate Britain on 24 June and continues until 25 October. For more information go to http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/barbara-hepworth-sculpture-modern-world.

 

Maxine Kirsty Sapsford, Arts Editor

 

Barbara Hepworth, Two Forms, 1938, Copyright Private collection, London
Barbara Hepworth, Two Forms, 1938, Copyright Private collection, London