This summer, a new exhibition is opening at The Hepworth Wakefield as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International, the UK’s largest event to explore and celebrate sculpture. Art from both established and emerging artists will be on display, including works from Tarek Atoui, Nairy Baghramian, Jimmie Durham, Wolfgang Laib and Tau Lewis. All work is related to the idea of ‘truth to materials’, a concept adopted by British modernist artists like Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, based around the idea that sculptural form should be determined by the characteristics of the chosen material for the work.
Wolfgang Laib, who uses only raw natural resources in his work, will take over one of The Hepworth Wakefield’s largest galleries with a major new installation, while Nairy Baghramian will present Dwindlers, a sculptural series made of glass, zinc and resin. Tarek Atoui’s work is slightly different: a specially commissioned immersive sound installation which explores the acoustic properties of different materials.
Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator of The Hepworth Wakefield said: ‘Yorkshire Sculpture International offers a unique opportunity to explore sculpture in its broadest form and across a range of diverse contexts. It is exciting to shine a new light on Wakefield’s own collection of British modern art while presenting a group of artists from across the globe at different stages in their career who are all using materials in intriguing and meaningful ways.’
Yorkshire Sculpture International is a collaboration between the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW
22 June-29 September 2019
Free entry. For more information, visit hepworthwakefield.org