Exhibition

Barbara Hepworth: Divided Circle

15 Nov 2019 – 2 Feb 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

The Heong Gallery

Cambridge
England, United Kingdom

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BARBARA HEPWORTH: DIVIDED CIRCLE brings together rarely
seen works from major private collections and works housed at
public galleries such as Abbot Hall Art Gallery (Kendal), The
Courtauld Gallery (London), The Hepworth Wakefield, The Lightbox
(Woking), and Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool).

About

This exhibition brings together a selection of works made by Barbara Hepworth (1903–75) during the last twenty years of her life.

They have been chosen to complement her large bronze sculpture, Two Forms (Divided Circle) 1969, which stands outside the gallery. This work is on long-term loan to Downing College from the Hepworth Estate. A circular, subtly asymmetrical sculpture, it invites viewers to get closer to it, to investigate the relationships between its parts.

Works in the gallery connect with aspects of Divided Circle, including its composition, presence and associations. They also interact in different ways with the size and structure of the human form.

The varied scale of Hepworth’s works and the range of materials she used (including aluminium, copper, gold and different marbles) are noticeable from her output during these years. Painting and printmaking also offered her ways to express her ideas.

In 1969 Hepworth was sixty-six, and living and working in St Ives, Cornwall. She was a Dame of the British Empire and the Tate Gallery had held a large exhibition of her work. Some health difficulties had also featured in recent years, particularly a cancer diagnosis in 1965 and a broken femur in 1967. Rather than slowing her down, such difficulties heightened Hepworth’s drive to realise new ideas in sculpture. Her works from this late period show her continued ambition, open-mindedness, and firm sense of purpose.

Curators

Rachel Rose Smith

Exhibiting artists

Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth

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