Pier Arts Centre acquires a Hepworth sculpture
- Pier Arts Centre
- 10 October 2015
With support from the Art Fund, the gallery successfully bid for Two Forms (Orkney) at Christie’s auction.
Two Forms (Orkney) by Barbara Hepworth is a remarkable sculpture that alludes to the stunning Neolithic monuments of northern Scotland. It is a highly symbolic work for the Pier Arts Centre, which has acquired the sculpture at a recent auction at Christie’s London. Located in Orkney, the gallery has taken Two Forms (Orkney) to its natural home.
The sculpture also commemorates the friendship between Barbara Hepworth and Margaret Gardiner, the founder of the Piers Arts Centre. The two met in London in the 1930s and became close friends and confidantes. Gardiner was to become one of Hepworth’s key early patrons, supporting the artist in times of need by buying her work. Their close friendship is documented through a large volume of correspondence.
The sculpture will be displayed at Pier Arts Centre alongside works by the pioneering Russian artist Naum Gabo and the British artist Ben Nicholson (Hepworth’s second husband). Both were also supported by Margaret Gardiner.
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, added: 'This important sculpture adds an iconic example of Hepworth’s later carving style to that of the group of early works by the artist already in the collection. The Centre’s collection is truly the pre-eminent centre for Hepworth’s work in Scotland and we are delighted to support this excellent new acquisition.'
Major funding for the acquisition was received from the Art Fund, National Heritage Memorial Fund, National Fund for Acquisitions and the Henry Moore Foundation. Further support from the Porthmeor Fund helped secure the work. The Centre’s own contribution, which enabled applications to the main supporters, was provided by the Friends of the Pier Arts Centre.