Hardback200 PagesSize: 260 x 220 x 25 mm
ISBN: 9781848220669Publication: March 28, 2011
Also available: Paperback



Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters

The Gift to Wakefield

Edited by Sophie Bowness, with contributions by Sophie Bowness, David Chipperfield, Frances Guy, Jackie Heuman, Tessa Jackson, Simon Wallis and Gordon Watson

£45.00 GBP

  • Features a fully illustrated catalogue of a little-known collection of 44 plasters (and other prototypes) by Barbara Hepworth, gifted to The Hepworth Wakefield by the Hepworth Estate
  • Presents new research into aspects of the work of Barbara Hepworth that have received little attention previously
  • Makes extensive use of archival material that has not been explored in any depth previously, and reproduces many fascinating archival photographs, including some which are previously unpublished


Celebrating the generous gift of Barbara Hepworth's plasters to The Hepworth Wakefield by the Hepworth Estate, this groundbreaking publication combines a fully illustrated catalogue of the sculptor's surviving prototypes in plaster, and occasionally aluminium, with a detailed analysis of her working methods and a comprehensive history of her work in bronze. In addition, insights into the building which will be home to the collection are provided through essays exploring the history of The Hepworth and, in a contribution by David Chipperfield, the design of the new museum by his architectural practice. A fascinating account of the sculptor's connections with Wakefield Art Gallery also features.

The Hepworth's collection of over 40 unique, unknown sculptures are the surviving working models from which editions of bronzes were cast. They range in size from works that can be held in the hand to monumental sculptures, including the Winged Figure for John Lewis's Oxford Street headquarters. The majority are original plasters on which the artist worked with her own hands and to scale. Providing a unique insight into Hepworth's working processes, on which little has been written, Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters will enhance appreciation of her work as a whole. Drawing extensively on archival records and photographs, this publication is an important source for information about a significant collection of work, the gallery which houses it and Hepworth in general.

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