Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium
Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium, Heide Museum of Modern Art wHole, Heide Museum of Modern Art
Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium seems to repel criticism. Putting aside the fanfare of it being the artist’s first major survey exhibition in Australia, the sculptures are above all affirmative rather than critical: harmonious, organic forms of stone, wood, plaster, and bronze. While the concurrent contemporary exhibition wHole, at Heide Modern, offers a few glimpses of the influence of Hepworth’s formal vocabulary, the selection of works reflects a contemporary view of art-as-critique that stands in contrast to Hepworth’s modernism.