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Barbara Hepworth

British, 1903–1975

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Barbara Hepworth

British, 1903–1975

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An early pioneer of abstract sculpture, Barbara Hepworth is best known for her ovoid, biomorphic creations carved out of stone. Though her early works were more explicitly figurative, many of Hepworth’s completely abstract works are recognized as vaguely feminine, given their smooth, rounded contours. One such sculpture, Pierced Form (1931), features innovative use of negative space in the form of a hole through its center, which would become a frequent motif in Hepworth’s oeuvre. Later in her career Hepworth started making brass works, comprising thin curved planes and fine lines of string.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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High auction record
$7m, Christie's, 2014
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

An early pioneer of abstract sculpture, Barbara Hepworth is best known for her ovoid, biomorphic creations carved out of stone. Though her early works were more explicitly figurative, many of Hepworth’s completely abstract works are recognized as vaguely feminine, given their smooth, rounded contours. One such sculpture, Pierced Form (1931), features innovative use of negative space in the form of a hole through its center, which would become a frequent motif in Hepworth’s oeuvre. Later in her career Hepworth started making brass works, comprising thin curved planes and fine lines of string.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$7m, Christie's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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