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We are delighted to announce the recent acquisition of a rediscovered portrait of the young Barbara Hepworth. Generously gifted to the Wakefield Council Permanent Art Collection by a private American collector, the portrait will be the centrepiece work in a new exhibition Hepworth in Yorkshire, which opens at the gallery on Saturday 16 May.
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Artwork of the Month: Nigel Henderson, Head of a Man c.1956 – 61

A significant painting by seminal British pop artist Nigel Henderson, has just joined works by Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and Jackson Pollock in Parallel of Life and Art, an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield running till June 2015. Arguably one of the most important figures in post-war British art, Henderson was once described by his contemporary Richard Hamilton as ‘a conduit of ideas and information’, however, unlike his peers Hamilton and  Paolozzi, he did not become a household name.

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Hong Kong, 1996, diCorciaAmerican artist Philip-Lorca diCorcia (b. 1951, Connecticut) is one of the most important photographers working today. Philip-Lorca diCorcia Photographs 1975 – 2012, is the UK’s first exhibition to show works spanning his career, and is currently on show at The Hepworth Wakefield until 1 June 2014.  Read more

Artwork of the Month: Albert Wainwright, Manora Thew as Salma, 1929

Manora Thew Holly Grange, Exhibitions and Collections Assistant, chooses January’s Artwork of the Month: Albert Wainwright’s Manora Thew as ‘Salma’, 1929 (pictured). This watercolour painting features in our exhibition In Focus: Albert Wainwright in the Yorkshire in Pictures Gallery. This display aims to bring the work of this talented and much neglected local artist to a wider audience. Read more

Artwork of the Month: Winged Figure

If you’ve visited the Hepworth Wakefield since its opening two years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to have missed the gigantic aluminum sculpture Winged Figure. Resembling a hollowed out hull of a boat with a radial formation of metal rods across its middle, it’s size, at nearly 6 metres high, ensures that it dominates one end of Gallery 5 and is the largest prototype by Hepworth still in existence. Holly Grange, Collection and Exhibitions Assistant, looks at the story behind the iconic sculpture.

 Images clockwise from left: 1) Barbara Hepworth, Winged Figure (Protoype), 1961-2. Photographer: Stephen Shaw. Copyright: Bowness, Hepworth Estate 2) Winged Figure in situ on the John Lewis Building, Oxford Street, London, 1963 3) Barbara Hepworth, Winged Figure (Prototype), 1961-2. Photograph: Hannah Webster. Copyright: Bowness, Hepworth Estate 4) Richard Rogers conservator working on Winged Figure at John Lewis, 2013.
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