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The Art of Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth is a major British artist of the twentieth century. The Art of Barbara Hepworth reveals the beauty and the power of her sculptures, and the ideas which motivated her throughout her creative life.

Extensive exhibitions at Tate St Ives and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the permanent display at the Barbara Hepworth Museum, provide sumptuous settings for many of the works included in this film. Other sculptures have been specially filmed in the locations for which they were made.

This revealing and complex exploration of Barbara Hepworth’s work features her naturalistic carvings of the 1920s and increasingly abstract sculptures of the 1930s, the ambitious post-war works in wood, stone and bronze, her monumental public commissions and the strikingly diverse creations of her final years.

On DVD this revealing and complex exploration of Barbara Hepworth’s work features two parallel soundtracks. One is taken entirely from the artist’s own words, drawn from interviews and letters, and newly recorded by Gina McKee. The other features commentary on Barbara Hepworth’s art from curators Penelope Curtis and Chris Stephens, and from the art historian Sir Alan Bowness, who is the artist’s son-in-law.

More on our Blog:

Rivers, regeneration and Barbara Hepworth part 1 18 December 2008 / part 2 19 December 2008 / Looking again at the artists of St Ives 29 November 2008  / Outside Art 15 August 2008

Related books:

Barbara Hepworth: Centenary

Edited by Chris Stephens


ISBN: 1 854 37479 6

Barbara Hepworth: A Pictorial Autobiography

Barbara Hepworth


ISBN: 1 85437 149 5

Barbara Hepworth: Works in the Tate Gallery Collection and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives

Matthew Gale, Chris Stephens


ISBN: 1 85437 347 1

Barbara Hepworth

Penelope Curtis


ISBN: 185437 225 4

Barbara Hepworth

A.M. Hammacher

Thames and Hudson

ISBN: 0 500 20218 4

Related websites:

New Art Centre, Roche Court

Yorkshire Sculpture Park



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