Approaching Thunder at The Hepworth Wakefield
Art Exhibition, Mon 13 Mar 2017 - Sun 25 Feb 2018, free entry
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|Wed 22 Mar - Thu 1 Mar||A Contemporary Collection|
|Mon 13 Mar - Tue 13 Mar||Afternoon Tea For Two|
|Mon 13 Mar - Sun 25 Feb||Approaching Thunder|
|Thu 30 Mar||Baby Rave|
|Sat 18 Mar - Sun 18 Jun||Disobedient Bodies: J.W.Anderson|
|Mon 13 Mar - Sun 25 Feb||György Gordon: From Hungary to Yorkshire|
This exhibition draws from The Hepworth Wakefield’s outstanding collection of 1940s British works on paper, revisiting a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism that resonates strongly with our lives today. With materials strictly rationed and the art market in crisis, leading artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Edward Bawden turned to the inexpensive medium of paper.
Although a substantial number of works in the show were produced under the patronage of Kenneth Clark’s War Artists Advisory Committee, these images are in marked contrast to the idealised state propaganda embodied in the art of Nazi Germany. Though government-regulated, the works exhibited here convey individual and subjective experience, exploring ordinary lives under extraordinary shared circumstances. Figures are lost in thought or absorbed in their labours; intricately described landscapes reveal devastation but also the lingering vitality of the natural world. Perhaps reflecting this move to a renewed social engagement, public interest in modern art soared across the country.
A small group of Henry Moore’s shelter drawings form a particular highlight, while a selection of illustrated books show modernist artists using low-cost lithography to circulate their work across a broad social spectrum.
|Mon 13 Mar 2017 - Sun 25 Feb 2018|
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