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Stanley William Hayter, Le Couple, 1952. Presented by Tim Sayer with Art Fund support. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones
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The Collector Curates

04 Aug 2017 - 07 Jan 2018

This exhibition selected by Tim Sayer, featured work from his collection, important loans, such as Anthony Caro’s Table Piece XXII sculpture from 1967 as well as work from The Hepworth Wakefield’s collection.  

Many mediums were in the display including painting, drawing, print, sculpture and ceramic – reflecting Tim’s own wide tastes and the diversity of Wakefield’s collection.

The exhibition explored the expanded field of drawing and gestural mark making – both of which are recurrent themes throughout Tim’s collection.

For Tim, curating this exhibition revealed some unexpected and fascinating relationships between works from his collection and those from the gallery.

He says ‘When looking at the Reg Butler sculpture and the Stanley William Hayter print side by side, it becomes apparent that an abundance of ‘drawn’ lines ties both together visually.’

The exhibition included Barbara Hepworth’s very first lithograph, made in 1958, which has a sketched quality that determines the overall form. It was recently gifted to the gallery by Stanley Jones MBE of the Curwen Studio, where Hepworth made two suites of graphic works. This particular lithograph contains Hepworth’s fingerprint.

About the curator

In July 2015, Tim Sayer, a former BBC Radio 4 newswriter, and his wife, Annemarie Norton, decided to donate a large number of works from their art collection to The Hepworth Wakefield.
Their generous gift was publicly acknowledged in 2017 when Tim was appointed an MBE for services to art and philanthropy.

More about Tim Sayer