Sculpture Journal

Gimpel Fils, Barbara Hepworth and the promotion of British sculpture in the 1950s

Sculpture Journal (2015), 24, (1), 97–112.

Abstract

From its inauguration in 1946, the commercial gallery Gimpel Fils in London was dedicated to promoting modern British art. Throughout the late 1940s and early 50s, the gallery nurtured the talents of a clutch of young sculptors, and in 1955 it cemented its status as a leading venue for showing and selling sculpture when Barbara Hepworth joined the gallery. This article will consider the role of the art dealer in supporting British sculptors during the early 1950s and takes as a case study the organization, display and reception of Hepworth’s first solo exhibition in 1956, in order to gain a fuller understanding of the issues involved in selling three-dimensional art.

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Correia, Alice