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Acquisition of 'Two Forms (Orkney)' by the Pier Arts Centre

The addition of Barbara Hepworth's Two Forms (Orkney) to the Pier Arts Centre Collection had been a long held aspiration of the Centre. The sculpture was identified as being the most important art work relating directly to the collection that had remained - until now - outside of it.

Two Forms (Orkney), 1967, which was acquired at auction in 2015, was last exhibited in 1968 at the Tate gallery and had not been on public view for almost 50 years, being part of a private Swiss collection.

The simplicity of its title and subject connect and expand on the friendship between Margaret Gardiner OBE (1904-2005), the Founder of the Centre, and Barbara Hepworth. The work exemplifies the late carving style of Hepworth and the modernist aesthetic which marked out the artist as a foremost figure of 20th century British art. Hepworth’s interest in the human form, in landscape and in pre-historical archaeology are all evident within this simple and iconic work.

Two Forms (Orkney) links the Neolithic character of the Cornish landscape, closely associated with Hepworth, to the similar landscape of Orkney, which she was undoubtedly aware of through her friendship with Gardiner. The Pier Arts Centre Collection contains a large selection of early Hepworth carvings and other modernist works.

The work was acquired with support from:

  • Henry Moore Foundation Grants
  • The National Heritage Memorial Fund
  • The Art Fund
  • National Fund for Acquisitions
  • The Porthmeor Fund
  • Friends of the Pier Arts Centre.

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