Major exhibition tracing both the parallel and intersecting careers of two significant artists of the 20th century, photographer Bill Brandt (1904-1983) and sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986).
Using their first meeting in 1942 as a starting point, the exhibition charts over 200 works including major sculptures, iconic photographs, drawings, littleknown photo collages, unprinted negatives and rare original colour transparencies, exploring how the artists responded creatively to the British landscape and communities during the turbulent times in which they lived.
Brandt and Moore were often drawn to similar subjects. Leading up to and during the Second World War, there was a focus on ordinary people, the home and labour, but both also had an enduring interest in rock formations, geological artefacts, and megalithic sites, such as Stonehenge. Brandt’s photographs of Stonehenge will be presented alongside Moore’s lithographs of the same subject, examining how each artist chose to capture the enigmatic nature of the site.
The interdisciplinary nature of the artist's careers is also explored throughout the exhibition, Moore will be presented as a sculptor and draftsman who made a serious commitment to photography both as a creative medium and a means of presenting his work. On display will be little-known photographs of his sculptures, drawn on and collaged together to develop new ideas. Brandt will be revealed as a photographer who looked to sculpture as a subject and as a way of considering nature, landscape, and the human body, as exemplified by a series of rare colour transparencies of sculptural rock formations on the beach.
Bill Brandt/Henry Moore will also examine the complicated relationship between pictures and objects, between ‘primary’ works of art and ‘secondary’ published images used as an important means of disseminating their work to a wider public, and the material nature of the printed photograph.
A vast selection of images from the exhibition together with archive images can be accessed through the Hepworth Wakefield website, where you can also explore the display through a video tour with curators Martina Droth and Clare Nadal.