This website has been set up by the Hepworth Estate and is designed to provide information on all aspects of the life and work of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth.
A new book, Barbara Hepworth: The Sculptor in the Studio, by Sophie Bowness was published in September 2017. This is the first study devoted to Hepworth's studio in St Ives and the creation of the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
On July 5 2018 Tate St Ives was named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018, the UK's top museum prize. The gallery's extension opened to the public in October 2017. Designed by Jamie Fobert Architects, this doubles the space for showing works of art. The work of the St Ives modernists is on permanent display for the first time, in the original spaces of the gallery, which opened in 1993. A retrospective of the paintings of Hepworth's friend, the painter Patrick Heron, is on show until the end of September.
The Hepworth Wakefield was Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017. It was described as 'a powerful force of energy from the moment it opened in 2011' by the chair of the jury, Stephen Deuchar. The inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, founded in 2016 by The Hepworth Wakefield, was awarded to Helen Marten.
The monumental Walk Through in the garden of the Barbara Hepworth Museum was the subject of a major conservation project in May 2017, fifty years after Hepworth placed it there. The variety of patination present in this work, including the golden hollows, is once again visible following years of weathering in the marine environment. Cleaning and waxing has also brought out the tool marks that were made by Hepworth over the surface in the wet plaster prototype from which the bronze was cast. The project was based on new research and conservation techniques.
In 2015 the Palais de Danse, Hepworth's second studio in St Ives, was given to Tate by members of the Hepworth family. It is hoped that, following restoration and renovation work, it will be brought back into public use.
A major retrospective of Hepworth's work was held at Tate Britain in 2015, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, the first in London since 1968. It toured to the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands, and the Arp Museum, Rolandseck, Germany (closed August 2016). The exhibition catalogue, edited by Penelope Curtis and Chris Stephens, contains new scholarship and is richly illustrated. Barbara Hepworth: Writings and Conversations, edited by Sophie Bowness (Tate Publishing), accompanied the exhibition and brings together her published writings with unpublished texts, selected interviews and broadcasts. Hepworth's paintings and drawings were the subject of an important new book by Alan Wilkinson, The Drawings of Barbara Hepworth (Lund Humphries).
In May 2014 the Tate Archive completed cataloguing the Barbara Hepworth archive. Hepworth's papers were deposited there by the Hepworth Estate between 1996 and 2013, and are catalogued in two series, TGA 965 and TGA 20132. The archive contains a very wide range of letters received by Hepworth, largely from 1950 onwards, as well as documentation relating to all aspects of her life and work. In addition, there is material on the early years of the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives (1976-80).
The Hepworth Wakefield opened in May 2011 in the city where Hepworth was born and grew up. A book about the collection, Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters, was published to coincide with the opening.
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Current and forthcoming exhibitions
Modernism and St Ives, Tate St Ives, opened October 2017 (ongoing)
Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, formerly at Tate St Ives; travelling to Pallant House, Chichester, 26 May - 16 September, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2 October - 9 December 2018
New Art Centre
The New Art Centre at Roche Court, near Salisbury, has works for sale from the Hepworth Estate. For more information visit http://www.sculpture.uk.com
Catalogue Raisonné of Hepworth's sculptures
The Catalogue Raisonné of Hepworth's sculptures is currently being revised for publication under the direction of Dr Sophie Bowness of the Hepworth Estate, to be published by Modern Art Press. more...
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