The Barbara Hepworth Estate at the New Art Centre
The New Art Centre is the sole representative of the Barbara Hepworth Estate, and has worked closely with the family on a global exhibitions and sales programme.
2003 marked the Centenary of Barbara Hepworth's birth and was celebrated with major exhibitions at the New Art Centre, Tate St Ives, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Wakefield Art Gallery, the city of her birth. There was also a Hepworth exhibition at the Museum het Catharina Gasthuis, Gouda, Holland during the summer. In 2004, the first retrospective in Spain of the artist's work took place at the Institut Valencia d'Art Modern; another exhibition was held at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nancy in 2006.
In 2011 The Hepworth Wakefield opened and soon exceeded all audience targets. The building, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, has already been acknowledged as one of the most significant new buildings in the country and it was nominated for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize. The Hepworth Wakefield exhibits major, monumental works as well as the generous gift from the Hepworth Estate of over 40 little-known sculptures which are the surviving, working models from which bronzes were cast. It is the perfect setting in which to appreciate the work of Barbara Hepworth as well as a programme of international contemporary art.
Hepworth's work is in all the major museum collections throughout the world, which befits her status as one of the most important British sculptors of her generation. Since 2003, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco has acquired 'Pierced Monolith with Colour', 1965, and The Phillips Collection, Washington has acquired the large bronze 'Dual Form', 1965. 'Conversation with Magic Stones', 1973, a large bronze outdoor group, was acquired by The Museum Wuerth, Germany.
Examples of Barbara Hepworth's work are always on display at Roche Court. The Wiltshire landscape provides a magnificent site for Hepworth's outdoor sculpture. Special temporary exhibitions of domestic scale marbles and bronzes are also presented in the Gallery and the Artists' House designed by Stephen Marshall.
Working closely with the artist's family, our joint aim is to increase public awareness of Hepworth's work and legacy. This is achieved through an international programme of exhibitions, loans and research. The Estate periodically releases work to us that is for sale and it is our job to place them in prominent collections worldwide. A number of paintings and drawings are currently available. Please click here for further details.
Image above: Barbara Hepworth, 'Summer Dance', (BH540), 1972, bronze part painted,
edition 0 of 6 + 0, 101.6 × 137.2 × 76.2 cm / 3ft 4 × 4ft 6 × 2ft 6 ins
All images © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
Born in Yorkshire and trained at Leeds School of Art and subsequently the Royal College of Art in London, Hepworth left London at the outbreak of the War and established herself in St Ives, Cornwall. This was to be her home for the rest of her life. Many of the simplified, organic, abstract forms and themes found in Hepworth's work can be linked to the Cornish landscape and coastline, which were a source of inspiration throughout her life. Her studio is now a museum dedicated to her work, It is owned and run by the Tate Gallery. Barbara Hepworth received numerous public commissions and awards during her career, including the creation of a landmark sculpture for the United Nations Building in New York (1962–3). She won the Grand Prix in the 1959 Sao Paulo Biennial and in 1965 became a Dame Commander of the British Empire. At the time of her death in 1975, Hepworth was a prominent figure in the international art world with work in all major museum collections.