Carving, Studio, International Modernism, Equilibrium, Staging Sculpture, Quarea and Pavillion
|Torso 1928 att John Skeaping|
demonstrating how inter-connected their work became during this time.
|1932 (profile - Venetian red), Ben Nicholson|
For anyone not that familiar with Ben Nicholson's work there are some great early pieces on show. Archive photographs from their personal albums also make for fascinating viewing and place the works on show firmly in context.
|Seated Figure 1932 - 3|
|Conoid, Sphere and Hollow III 1937|
The exhibition deals with Hepworth's deep interest in the use of colour and form and also her passion that artists and architects should work together to create environments where art and architecture fit seamlessly together complementing and enhancing the environment.
|Green Caves 1946|
|Sculpture and Colour (Oval Form)|
Pale Blue and Red 1943
In the 50's and 60's as Hepworth's reputation grew so did the Sculptures and she embarked on larger and more challenging works. Quarea, four large sculptures carved from "great log" and Pavilion (based on the Rietveld Pavilion exhibition) show some of these. The largest sculpture in the show, Squares with Two Circles 1963 impressively welcomes visitors at the exhibition entrance.
|Forms In Echelon 1938|
Seeing these works in the flesh is a joy to behold and although you will never beat the sublime and innate beauty of the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden at Trewyn Studio in St Ives (here the works lie in situ where they were created among sub tropical planting and with the Cornish air adding patina daily) this is definitely a show not to be missed.
In the 'Modern World' where he (or she) that screams loudest often triumphs (though usually temporarily) it is great to remember that empty vessels still make the most noise. There are no garish pink walls or liquorice allsorts floor coverings but these works still shine brightly. They indeed have that "spiritual inner life" that permeates the soul of the onlooker and generates that same optimism felt by the pre-war international avant-garde.
|Sphere with Inner Form 1963|
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|Squares with two Circles 1963|
Unless you like a good walk Tube-strikes best avoided!
Companion book / catalogue £35 - well worth having in your collection.