Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters

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Newly published in paperback to coincide with the Barbara Hepworth retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain in 2015, this fascinating book combines a fully illustrated catalogue of the sculptor's surviving prototypes in plaster (and a number also in aluminium and wood), generously gifted to The Hepworth Wakefield by the Hepworth Estate, with a detailed analysis of her working methods and a comprehensive history of her work in bronze. Drawing extensively on archival records and photographs, the publication is an important source of information about a significant collection of work, the gallery which houses it and Hepworth in general. It provides a much-needed account of Hepworth's studio practice, her relations with foundries, and the evolution of her public commissions.


Dr Sophie Bowness is an art historian and a Trustee of the Hepworth Estate. She is currently working on the catalogue raisonné of Hepworth's sculpture and was a consultant on The Hepworth Wakefield. She has written in particular on the work of Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, Le Corbusier, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.David Chipperfield established his practice in 1985 in London, and it has grown to include offices in Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. David Chipperfield Architects designed The Hepworth Wakefield and recent projects include the rebuilding of the Neues Museum in Berlin and the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. Frances Guy is Head of Collections and Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield. She was previously Curator at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.Jackie Heuman is a conservation consultant and Co-Director of SculpCons Ltd. She is a specialist in the conservation of modern sculpture and a former Head of Sculpture Conservation at Tate. Her previous publications include two books she has edited, From Marble to Chocolate: The Conservation of Modern Sculpture (1995) and Material Matters: The Conservation of Modern Sculpture (1999).Tessa Jackson is a Director of Jackson Sculpture Conservation Ltd, specialising in the conservation of sculpture and objects. She is an accredited conservator with substantial commercial and gallery experience.Simon Wallis is Director of The Hepworth Wakefield. He worked previously at Kettle's Yard, Tate Liverpool and Chisenhale Gallery.Gordon Watson led the development of The Hepworth Wakefield as Project Director from 2004 to 2010 and, before that, as manager of Wakefield Council’s Museums and Arts Service. He is now Chief Executive of the Lakeland Arts Trust.