Des Hughes at Hepworth Wakefield, UK

Contemporary artist Des Hughes traced the story of Henry Moore’s gift through press clippings, posters and correspondence found in The Hepworth Wakefield Archive. Hughes integrated these documents alongside his own work in specially designed cabinets, appropriating a style found in the modernist home of Erno Goldfinger. Hughes’ complete series of ‘flints’ was also displayed for the first time, deceptive bronzes made to look like stones, gently mocking Moore and Hepworth’s doctrine of ‘truth to materials’.

The exhibition included Hughes’ working models for a pair of new reclining figures, to be placed at Castleford Academy and outside The Hepworth Wakefield respectively, and featured work made by school children in response to these new public sculptures.

The project is supported by the Des Hughes Exhibition Circle, Cathy Wills and New Art Centre, Roche Court.


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