To celebrate the Hepworth Wakefield’s ten year anniversary, the gallery is hosting the largest exhibition of ACS member Barbara Hepworth’s work since the artist’s death in 1975.
Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life will bring together a selection of Hepworth’s most celebrated sculptures including the modern abstract carving that launched her career in the early twentieth century, her iconic strung sculptures of the 1940s and 1950s, and large-scale bronze and carved sculptures from the latter stages of her career.
The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue explores the use of blue, not merely as a colour, but as an essential element to a work's meaning and interpretation, as a compositional device, or to suggest a particular mood or atmosphere.
Browse & Darby are currently hosting their online Contemporary Gallery Artistsexhibition. The show features a selection of recent works by a number of the gallery's artists including ACS members Susan Wilson, Anthony Eyton, Eileen Hogan and Thomas Lamb. Contemporary Gallery Artistswill then be followed by A Century of Painting, a retrospective of ACS member Diana Armfield, in celebration of the artist's one hundredth birthday. The exhibition will also mark the publication of a new book, Diana Armfield: A Lyrical Eye, written by Andrew Lambirth and published by Paul Holberton Publishing.
ACS artist Eileen Cooper's current exhibition, Nights at the Circus, is taking place online at Sims Reed Gallery. Nights at the Circus is Cooper's second exhibition with Sims Reed Gallery and draws on inspiration from Angela Carter’s seminal novel of the same name. The show features over twenty unique works on paper and prints created specifically for the exhibition. The new works weave elements of fairy tales and magical realism, treading a line between realism and fantasy. Until 2 April Find the virtual tour of the exhibition on the gallery's website.
Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy is an upcoming retrospective of ACS member Eileen Agar's works, due to open later this year at Whitechapel Gallery. The show charts Agar's ground-breaking career from 1920 to 1990 and features over 150 works, including early pieces influenced by her teachings at The Slade, experiments with Cubism and inclusion in the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition and later compositions of lyrical abstraction.
Members based in the Wiltshire area will be treated to sculptural works by ACS artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Barbara Hepworth, Kenneth Armitage, Edmund de Waal, Barry Flanagan, Laura Ford and Gavin Turk.
An exhibition of work by ACSmember Richard Cartwright opens at John Martin gallery in April. The show, titled Toll the Bells Softly will feature a number of new large scale pastel artworks characterised by Cartwright's intense use of colour and atmosphere.
2021 marks the centenary of ACS member Michael Aryton’s birth. To celebrate this milestone, the Ayrton Estate are delighted to announce the publication of Michael Ayrton Centenary: Ideas, Images, Reflections, an illustrated volume of works accompanied by essays from a range of eminent contributors.
A new website with information about Ayrton's life and career has also been launched and there are several major exhibitions due to take place in May. These shows will include a selection of works last exhibited in his lifetime, or in some cases exhibited for the first time.
Having worked closely for many years with Sir Alan Bowness in his role as executor of the Barbara Hepworth estate, the ACS team were saddened to hear the recent news of his death. As many of our members will know, Alan Bowness was a leading and innovative figure in the art world and the wider creative community.
Over a career that spanned more than 50 years, Bowness enjoyed the roles of celebrated writer, curator, lecturer, director, and philanthropist.
It was Bowness who, in line with Barbara Hepworth's wishes, arranged for the gift of twenty-six sculptures to be given to the Tate. It was also Bowness who oversaw the opening of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, at the artist's former house and garden in St Ives.
During his tenure as director of the Tate, Bowness modernised the gallery, introduced the illustrious Turner Prize and established the Tate Liverpool - the gallery's first permanent collection outside London.
Following his retirement from the Tate, Bowness became the director of the Henry Moore Foundation and set up the Henry Moore Institute. More recently he worked with his daughter Sophie Bowness to establish the acclaimed Hepworth Wakefield, bringing the artist's work back to her hometown.
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