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The Hepworth Wakefield announces 2023/24 exhibitions programme

06 Oct 2022

The Hepworth Wakefield has announced its programme for 2023/24 including a large solo exhibition by Hurvin Anderson and a major survey of work by Kim Lim. Tickets are free for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s.

Hurvin Anderson: Barbershop / Hurvin Anderson Curates
26 May – 29 October 2023

Hurvin Anderson (b. 1965) first painted a Birmingham-based barbershop in 2006. Over the last 15 years, Anderson has repeatedly reworked the same barbershop in a multitude of ways to explore key painting styles, shifting from figuration to abstraction, and experimenting with the classic genres of still life, landscape and portraiture.

This large solo exhibition will focus on the Barbershop series as a lens through which to understand Anderson’s wider practice and key concerns of memory, identity and nationhood. The exhibition will reveal the creative process Anderson goes through by displaying the sketches and drawings from his planning stages, 3D models he has made of the barbershop and objects he has sourced derived from his photographs of the scene. It will also include a new large-scale drawing and new painting begun in 2022, which will be the largest and final work in the Barbershop series.

Alongside the Barbershop exhibition, Hurvin Anderson Curates will display paintings drawn from public collections in the UK to take visitors on a journey through his formative influences and highlight the importance of art historical references in his work. On display will be paintings from the 20th century which reveal points of conversation with his own practice, including work by Michael Andrews, Francis Bacon, Lubaina Himid and Leon Kossoff.

Hurvin Anderson, Barbershop, 2006. © Hurvin Anderson. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery. Photo: Todd White Photography

Kim Lim
24 November 2023 – 2 June 2024

Opening in November 2023, a major survey exhibition will explore the career of British-Singaporean artist Kim Lim. Born in Singapore in 1936 to Chinese parents, Lim came to Britain in 1954 to study art, where she enrolled at St. Martin’s School of Fine Art and later the Slade.

The exhibition will bring together over 60 key works made across four decades in a variety of media, including colourful wooden and metal sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s, minimalist works in marble and stone from the 1980s and 1990s as well as a range of her prints to show the symbiotic relationship she developed between sculpting and printmaking.

Rarely seen photographs of Lim’s travels around Asia will highlight how cultural references from China, Japan and Malaysia informed her unique approach to minimalism and abstraction as she engaged with themes of nature, light, space and architecture.

Kim Lim, Pegasus, 1962. ©and courtesy Estate of Kim Lim, London. Photo: Mark Dalton

Also opening in 2023