2011 sees focused attention being given to the work of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth in Yorkshire. The opening of The Hepworth Wakefield (21 May 2011), with inaugural collections displays including a previously unknown and unique collection of forty Hepworth sculptures, the retrospective exhibition of Moore’s work at Leeds Art Gallery, and the prominent inclusion of the two artists’ work at the Henry Moore Institute, Longside Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park provide the perfect opportunity to consider the relationships between these two artists in the county of their birth. Five arts organisations in the region have worked together to stage a conference that considers the local, geographical, social and political contexts for the artistic development and subsequent critical reception of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
This multi-site two-day conference includes papers and presentations that consider Moore and Hepworth in relation to their connections with the region. Moore/Hepworth critically examines the relationship between these artists and Yorkshire, exploring the specificity of place, re-examining the imagery of landscape and exploring the approaches to display, both indoor and outdoor, that have been adopted for these artist’s sculptures. These dialogues focus on three main areas of critical enquiry: art education, tutors and Leeds College of Art curricula in the pre- and post-1945 period; British landscape, archaeology and the construction of person/place/art object identities and the ways that these two artists’ Yorkshire ‘roots’ played an important part in the critical reception of their work; collections, exhibitions, acquisition and display in the region - indoor and outdoor - since the early twentieth century
During the conference exhibitions at the five organisations are open.
For full conference programme visit Henry Moore Institute website www.henry-moore.org/hmi
Tickets: £20/£10 concessions.
For more information or to make a booking please contact Kirstie Gregory, Research Programme Assistant at the Henry Moore Institute: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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