Helaine Blumenfeld OBE: Hard Beauty

22 Sep 2016 – 27 Nov 2016

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Monday - Saturday: 10:00-18:00

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Hignell Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Hignell Gallery is proud to announce ​Hard Beauty​, an exhibition which presents a personal portrait of the ​career of ​sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE.


Curated by Director Abby Hignell, Hard Beauty​ will be held across two floors of the gallery space in Shepherd’s Market, Mayfair, from 21 September to 27 November 2016.

The exhibition offers a new insight into Blumenfeld’s impact on contemporary sculpture at a pivotal moment in her career, where she joins a new gallery space and creates work that speaks to this daring change. The exhibition features new pieces in bronze, marble and terracotta ​as well as her rarely-seen drawings and works on paper. 

About Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

Helaine Blumenfeld OBE moved to England in 1969 and soon after, exhibited at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. 1975 marked a turning point in Blumenfeld's career when she first visited Pietrasanta, Italy, and began carving in marble as well as in bronze. In 1985, she had a seminal joint exhibition with Henry Moore at the Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York.

In 2007 Blumenfeld became the first woman to win the Il Premio Pietrasanta e la Versilia Nel Mondo, adding her name to the list of winners of this honour including Botero, Pomodoro and Marc Quinn. In 2008 the Royal British Society of Sculptors held a major retrospective of her work and in 2011 Blumenfeld was awarded an honorary OBE to mark her achievements in sculpture. 

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