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The Art of Barbara Hepworth

Year: 2003, 50 mins
Code: ILL-Hep

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Barbara Hepworth is a major British artist of the twentieth century. The Art of Barbara Hepworth reveals the beauty and the power of her sculptures, and the ideas which motivated her throughout her creative life. Extensive exhibitions at Tate St Ives and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the permanent display at the Barbara Hepworth Museum, provide sumptuous settings for many of the works included in this film. Other sculptures have been specially filmed in the locations for which they were made.

This revealing and complex exploration of Barbara Hepworth's work features her naturalistic carvings of the 1920s and increasingly abstract sculptures of the 1930s, the ambitious post-war works in wood, stone and bronze, her monumental public commissions and the strikingly diverse creations of her final years.

On DVD this revealing and complex exploration of Barbara Hepworth's work features two parallel soundtracks. One is taken entirely from the artist's own words, drawn from interviews and letters, and newly recorded by Gina McKee. The other features commentary on Barbara Hepworth's art from curators Penelope Curtis and Chris Stephens, and from the art historian Sir Alan Bowness, who is the artist's son-in-law.

Georgina McKee is an English actress. She won the 1997 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Our Friends in the North, and earned subsequent nominations for The Lost Prince and The Street. She also starred on television in The Forsyte Saga and as Caterina Sforza in The Borgias. Illumination is an American film and animation studio founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007 and owned by Universal Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal, which is itself a division of Comcast. Meledandri produces the movies while Universal finances and distributes all the films. The Bridgeman Art Library, based in London, Paris, New York, and Berlin, provides one of the largest archives for reproductions of works of art in the world. Founded in 1972 by Harriet Bridgeman, the Bridgeman Art Library cooperates with many art galleries and museums to gather images and footage for licensing.

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