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Duo, 1973

Barbara Hepworth

English, 1903-1975
Marble
A: 20 x 9-1/4 x 5-1/2 in. (50.8 x 23.5 x 14.0 cm); B: 14 x 6 x 8-1/2 in. (35.6 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1974.12.2a-b.S
© Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Not on view

Deeply interested in materials and the physical reactions they provoke, Barbara Hepworth became one of the first artists to introduce space directly into her sculpture. In 1932, she, and perhaps Henry Moore, first burst through a closed mass of marble, creating a hole at its center. “I had felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space,” she recalled. This penetration of the material for purely abstract purposes immediately established a new category of sculpture, for which space is equivalent to form in the understanding of the object.


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