Barbara Hepworth, Modernism’s Essential Player

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

Eleanor Clayton

Thames & Hudson

Published on the occasion of a major retrospective at The Hepworth Wakefield (until Feb 27, 2022), this biography offers new insights into Hepworth’s life and work. Acknowledged as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, she was an essential player in the history of modernism. She was at the forefront of several avant-garde movements, a proponent of ‘direct carving’ and central to the development of geometric abstraction. Her iconic public sculptures include Winged Figure (1963) for John Lewis’ flagship store in London’s Oxford Street and Single Form (1961-64) at the UN Headquarters in New York.

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