Andersen's is delighted to present a group show curated by Irish sculptor Kevin Francis Gray, entitled Shadowed Forms, bringing together contemporary works from 15 internationally-acclaimed artists. At the heart of the exhibition is the rarely exhibited marble sculpture by British artist Barbara Hepworth, entitled Sheltered Form (1972).
This exhibition marks a significant cultural occasion in Denmark where Hepworth’s works have not travelled since her first and only presentation in 1964. Over five decades later, Andersen’s will present Hepworth’s work in the context of an artistic collaboration with Kevin Francis Gray who, with a group of invited artists, collectively pay homage to Sheltered Form.
The artists in the exhibition are: Keith Coventry (UK), Laura Gannon (IR), Kevin Francis Gray (IR), Barbara Hepworth (UK) Chantal Joffe (UK), Samson Kambalu (MW), Josephine Meckseper (DE), David Noonan (AU), Helen A Pritchard (SA), Charlotte Cullinan & Jeanine Richards (UK), Eva Rothschild (IR), Caragh Thuring (BE), Sophie von Hellermann (DE).
Sheltered Form references Hepworth’s retrospective exploration on forms and materials employed throughout her career. In her late works, the conjunction of contrasting forms became a central element to further explore their interaction. Despite their structural diversity, the juxtaposition of different forms, such as a white marble sculpture set within an enfolding black wooden slate, finds a harmonious balance in the tender relationship of one living thing beside another.
Gray centers the exhibition around this unique piece, inviting his fellow artists to engage with Hepworth's artistic legacy and her expression of the figure. Collectively the artists are a varied international group of peers, who, while all based in London, individually hail from Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Malawi and South Africa, with their works spanning across mediums ranging from marble & bronze to wood, steel, objet trouvé, linen, and canvas.
Stretching between their different practices, origins and perspectives, each of the artist thoughtfully present a selection of works which contribute to an interactive and diversified conversation on the relevance of the figure for today’s viewer while homaging the Hepworth piece.
Kevin Francis Gray on the exhibition: “Working on this show offered me a unique opportunity to bring together a group of my peers and reflect on the artists that have inspired me and continue to do so today. This intuitively happens to be a predominantly female grouping and brings together strong, vocal and dynamic artists who have pushed and inspired my own practice. At the core of that group is of course Barbara Hepworth, whose work has inspired me since high school. I wanted this show to feel like an exhibition created out of inspiration and respect for both the past and the future”.
The participating artists began their careers at similar times, and have been peripherally involved in one another's lives and practices for the past decade. Despite their professional and personal ties this group of artists have never been exhibited comprehensively together before.
Andersen’s invites them to finally come together and rest on common ground, in a new city. This reunion in Copenhagen, a new destination for all involved, is an opportunity to regroup and reflect at the mid-career point.