Hepworth Wakefield Highlights

Here’s what cheered me up no end at the Hepworth:

First the building and the surrounding views:

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Three David Hockneys – all created on an iPad!

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This fantastic Peter Brook – can’t beat a bit of Northern industrial landscapes!

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Peter Brook -Warehouses, Wakefield

A moody Atkinson Grimshaw

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Miro ūüôā

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My house…I wish!

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Some languid Henry Moores

More Barbara Hepworths than you can shake a stick at!

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The one I wanted to take home:

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and the piece I did: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s Dog:

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But there were these HGBs which were quite thrilling:

First visit to Wakefield and it was a lovely place to visit – staff were really friendly and the cake comes highly recommended!!

Stanley Spencer – Of Angels and Dirt – Hepworth Wakefield

When I went to Cookham earlier in the year, it was a lovely warm day and the little gallery was a joy:  Springtime in Cookham

But, yesterday’s trip had a very different feel to it – weather was a bit grim and somehow, Spencer’s work left me feeling a little despondent at first. In fact, it felt a little like this:

Spencer, Stanley, 1891-1959; Self Portrait

Spencer, Stanley; Self Portrait; Stanley Spencer Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/self-portrait-27356

It is well curated and there are self portraits, landscapes, portraits, gardens, industry, and resurrections galore – something for everyone!¬† Lots of space to walk around as well. But, I did cheer up with some of Stanley’s early work, especially these two; not because of their theme, but because the style was remininscent of David Bomberg’s earlier work.¬† This is not surprising as they were at the Slade together and we all part of that exciting group of artists from my favourite period. Here we have:

St Veronica Unmasking Christ, 1921 and Christ Overturning the Money Changers’ Table, 1921

Both were to have been the wings of a triptych and Spencer echoes the palette and the forms along with the upraised arms.

This video from The Guardian is rather quirky and the narration of Spencer’s words do take you into his world – there is an audio guide that is just extracts from Spencer’s writings to accompany certain works.¬† It became a little disturbing towards the end, with the letters to his soon-to-be ex wife¬† and his desire for his mistress, Patricia Preece.

What is rubbish to some people is not to me

First visit to the Hepworth and it won’t be the last: an impressive venue for any exhibition, it had to be said!