Phyllida Barlow and Helen Marten Lead Race to Win First Hepworth Sculpture Prize
The exhibition of works by the finalists opens today.
The first Hepworth Sculpture Prize exhibition opens at the Hepworth Wakefield Museum in Yorkshire, England today, exhibiting works by the four shortlisted artists: Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten, and David Medalla.
The winner will receive a significant £30,000 prize ($36,678), which will be announced at an on-site dinner on November 17.
Featuring both old works as well as new, the show presents a truly interesting body of work from its featured artists.
The very successful young artist Helen Martin, who is also on the shortlist for the Turner Prize this year and currently showing at the Serpentine Gallery, is making headlines with her work, which is at once sculptural and painterly. Among seven works by Martin are a series of screen-printed leather canvases decorated with cigarettes and cherry stones.
The artists have been chosen for their “significant contribution to sculpture” and are indeed doing so, with Phyllida Barlow representing Britain at the 57th Venice Biennale, opening next year. She is the second consecutive female artist to show at the British Pavilion, with the last edition featuring London-based Sarah Lucas.
At the Hepworth Wakefield, Barlow has kept things simple with the use of low-cost materials like plywood, sand, tape, and PVA glue to construct an immense and immersive work.
The Philippine-born artist David Medalla has installed a large foam-producing sculpture, made up of intricate tubes and tunnels, a continuation of the work that he began in the 1960s. Steven Claydon on the other hand, is showing work from a recent show at Sadie Coles HQ, put together with a large yellow PVC curtain which has been scented with citronella.
The winner is to be chosen by a panel of judges that includes the architect David Chipperfield; president of the Sharjah Art Foundation Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi; and the art critic Alastair Sook, among others. Members of the public attending the exhibition will also get the chance to vote for a winner for the People’s Choice Award.
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