Virtual exhibitions and tours again. I was browsing earlier and found what should have been a great exhibition to visit. I will have to just enjoy the advertising and curators notes, until the galley opens again.
Vision and Reality celebrates the vitality which exemplifies the Wakefield Art Collection. Started in 1923, and now containing some five and a half thousand pieces, this is now one of the strongest provincial collections of Modern Art in the U.K. According to the Gallery, “Wakefield’s art collection was established in 1923 with the aim of nurturing an understanding of contemporary art and its relation to modern life”
The Hepworth Wakefield has now been open for ten years and this exhibition can be seen as ensuring these principles continue. David Chipperfield’s wonderful collection of coloured concrete trapezoidal blocks on the banks of the River Calder came about in the partnership between the generosity of the Hepworth Trust and Wakefield’s own ambitious Riverside Development.
The Gallery has good memories for me as my architectural and sculptural study became the centre piece for my dissertation at Oxford University in 2018. My unusual conclusion was that as well as representing the work of both Chipperfield and Barbara Hepworth, Chipperfield managed to evoke memories of the rich history of coal mining in the area.
Being unable to visit the exhibition in person I thought it might be appropriate to share the thoughts of Director, Simon Wallis, and curators, Abi Shapiro and Andrew Bonacina as they preview Vision and Reality as it would have been prior to being closed due to coronavirus.
As well as exhibiting historical works from the collection the exhibition would have looked at the Wakefield art timeline, a room dedicated to art, education and the Hepworth Wakefield’s revival of the ‘School Prints’ programme. Other highlights include the recent gift from Terry Bacon and John Oldham of over 100 works, John Ward’s unique collection of ceramics and the most recent acquisition, an abstract by contemporary artist, Jadé Fadojutimi.
All this in David Chipperfield’s superbly lit galleries.
Images Hepworth Wakefield, Film by Nick Singleton