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December 3, 2023

Experts' Expert: Dame Barbara Hepworth on how to look at a sculpture

The great British sculptor (1903–1975), interviewed in 1972.

Wrote Richard Holledge in a Wall Street Journal story about the opening of Hepworth Wakefield, a museum devoted to her work, "Such is the clarity of the layout and the juxtaposition of her work with fellow contemporaries that it is possible to follow her development from early endeavors in wood and stone, the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, to the inspiration of two expatriate modernists, the American Jacob Epstein and the Frenchman Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, and finally her move into a more pristine abstraction."

More: "The minutiae of her working day from pictures, newspaper cuttings and even her tools contrasts with the monumental prototype of one of her best-known sculptures, the aluminium, 19-foot 'Winged Figure' (1963), commissioned for London's John Lewis department store. There are versions in wood and bronze of 'Chun Quoit,' the inspiration for the 'Single Form' that was unveiled outside the United Nations building in New York in 1964."

December 3, 2023 at 12:03 PM | Permalink


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