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Viewing Magic in this Country: Hepworth, Moore and the Land 

This brilliant exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield unites two titans of 20th-century art: Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Why? Because both artists grew up in Yorkshire and claimed the landscape as a formative artistic influence.

Taking inspiration from the rugged coastline of Cornwall, where she moved from London following the outbreak of the Second World War, Hepworth carved smooth, undulating forms that echoed the natural world. Some of her works are even titled after specific places she visited, such as Mincarlo, a bay off the Isles of Scilly. Indeed, Hepworth was so struck by the beauty, light and open spaces of Cornwall that she wrote in 1952, ‘there must be magic in this country around here.’

Moore was more interested in exploring the affinity between human beings and the landscape. So, it’s hardly surprising that a visit to Stonehenge in 1921, when he was a student at the Royal College of Art in London, had such a formative impact on his practice. So much so, in fact, that he created a series of detailed lithographs of the stones some 50 years later.

Shown alongside works by Hepworth and Moore are contemporary works by Emii Alrai and Ro Robertson, who are inspired by Yorkshire and Cornish landscapes respectively. Book your train tickets now!

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20 January 2023
The Wick - Awol Erikzu, Cosmic Drill at Ben Brown Fine Arts, image courtesy of The Wick
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Viewing Awol Erizku: Cosmic Drill

The Wick - Günther Förg, Untitled, 2007, Acrylic on canvas, 150.7 x 140.2 x 2.9 cm, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

© Estate Günther Förg, Suisse / DACS 2023
Courtesy the Estate Günther Förg, Suisse
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Viewing Günther Förg: Tupfenbilder

The Wick - PICASSO unedited 141,Brigitta Scholz Mastroianni Nux Photography
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Viewing Picasso by Terry d’Alfonso

The Wick - Katarina Caserman
Metremaognyobena, 2022, oil on linen
165 x 120 cm, 65 x 47 ¼ in, courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London.
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Viewing Conscious Unconscious

The Wick - Antoni Tàpies
Quatre parts, 2008
Mixed media on canvas
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Viewing Antoni Tàpies

The Wick - Joseph Beuys
Untitled, 1954
Watercolour on brown paper
35 x 24.5 cm (13.77 x 9.64 in)
Photo: Charles Duprat
© Joseph Beuys Estate / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2023
(JB 1160)
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Viewing SENSE: Beuys/ Gormley — A Conversation through drawing