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Barbara Hepworth, Eidos, 1947, stone, synthetic polymer paint. Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria.

Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium

11 Feb 2023
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.

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