Sculptor’s ‘overlooked’ decade celebrated in new exhibition

Hepworth's Six Forms on a Circle, which has been loaned for the exhibition.  Picture Jonty Wilde

Hepworth's Six Forms on a Circle, which has been loaned for the exhibition. Picture Jonty Wilde

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FAMILY members of the late Wakefield-born sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth celebrated the opening of one of the largest exhibitions of works from her most experimental and prolific decade to go on show for 41 years.

The exhibition, at the European headquarters of auctioneer Phillips in London, has been curated by staff at The Hepworth Wakefield as part of a year-long partnership to support the gallery’s fifth anniversary celebrations.

Sisters Rachel Nicholson and Lady Sarah Bowness, the two surviving triplets from Barbara Hepworths marriage to Ben Nicholson; were joined by their family, including Lady Sarahs husband Sir Alan Bowness, former Director of Tate and her daughter and art historian Dr Sophie Bowness, and Jeremy Kidd, son of Rachel Nicholson. Picture: Phillips.com and The Hepworth Wakefield/hepworthwakefield.org

Sisters Rachel Nicholson and Lady Sarah Bowness, the two surviving triplets from Barbara Hepworths marriage to Ben Nicholson; were joined by their family, including Lady Sarahs husband Sir Alan Bowness, former Director of Tate and her daughter and art historian Dr Sophie Bowness, and Jeremy Kidd, son of Rachel Nicholson. Picture: Phillips.com and The Hepworth Wakefield/hepworthwakefield.org

Sculptures loaned by the gallery are on display alongside three of Hepworth’s major series of prints, to which they relate.

Art historian and Hepworth’s granddaughter, Dr Sophie Bowness, who attended the exhibition alongside other family members, said: “The work of the final decade of Hepworth’s life is often overlooked and this exhibition will feature a beautiful selection of sculptures in a variety of media. It will also be a rare opportunity to see the three series of lithographs and screenprints that Hepworth made at this time. A highlight will be a group of the late carvings in marble, a material that had special significance for Hepworth and that she gave particular emphasis to in her final years.”

Culture minister Ed Vaizey said the partnership “exemplifies the sort of new business model the culture sector needs”

The exhibition is on display until August 27.

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