The Easel

Barbara Hepworth: forms and hollows

The Tate’s retrospective of Barbara Hepworth is the third of three major shows of female artists held this year. Hepworth’s graceful abstractions are duly noted (a nice video clip is here) but a sharp overall assessment is offered of her and the other artists – a lack of “intellectual charge”. “Has a woman artist ever done so? The stories here show that female artists tend to assimilate and adapt radicality pioneered by men.”