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Head (Elegy), (1952)

Barbara Hepworth, British, b. Wakefield, England, 1903–1975

Mahogany and string, 17 X 10 1/2 X 8 IN. (43.3 X 26.7 X 20.2 CM.) On Base H: 1 1/2 IN. (3.6 CM.)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.2438

Provenance:
The artist, Cornwall, 1952 - ca. 1955
Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, ca. 1955 - January 25, 1957
JHH Purchased from Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, 1957
Gift of JHH, May 1966

Exhibition History:
Lefevre Gallery, London. "New Sculpture and Drawings by Barbara Hepworth," October 1952, no. 15 (as "Head (elegy)").
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. "Barbara Hepworth: A Retrospective Exhibition of Carvings and Drawings from 1927 to 1954," April 8 - June 6, 1954, no. 148, p. 28, pl. 0 (as "Head," 1953, Collection the artist).
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. "Barbara Hepworth: Carvings and Drawings 1937 - 1954," April 15 - May 29, 1955 (organized by the Martha Jackson Gallery, NY), no. 15. Tour: University of Nebraska Art Galleries, Lincoln, June 15 - August 15, 1955; San Francisco Museum of Art, September 1 - October 16, 1955; Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, November 9 - December 15, 1955; Art Gallery of Toronto, January 1 - February 15, 1956; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, March 1 - 31, 1956; Baltimore Museum of Art, April 15 - June 30, 1956 (2 more museums July - November); Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, December 19, 1956 - January 26, 1957.
Detroit Institute of Arts. "Sculpture in Our Time: Collected by Joseph H. Hirshhorn," May 5 - August 23, 1959, no. 105; ill. p. 48. Tour: Milwaukee Art Center, September 10 - October 11, 1959; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis October 25 - December 6, 1959; William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, December 20, 1959 - January 31, 1960; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 1 - 27, 1960; Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art, April 11 - May 15, 1960; M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, May 29 - July 10, 1960; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, July 24 - September 4, 1960; Art Gallery of Toronto, September 30 - October 31, 1960.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," October 3, 1962 - January 3, 1963, p. 217, no. 206, ill. p. 152.
Tate Gallery, London. "Barbara Hepworth," April 3 - May 19, 1968, no. 64, ill. p. 25.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, "Barbara Hepworth: The Hirshhorn Museum Collection," April 23 - July 19, 1981 (no catalog).
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, "Direct Carvin in Modern Sculpture: Selections from the Museum's Collection," October 6 - November 27, 1983, no. 20.

Published References:
Heron, Patrick. "Barbara Hepworth--Carver, " Arts Digest 29/15 (May 1, 1955), p. 9.
Read, Herbert. The Art of Sculpture (London: Faber and Faber, 1956), ill. 213 (erroneously credited to University of Nebraska Art Gallery).
Laverne, George. "In the Galleries: Barbara Hepworth," Arts 31 (February 1957), p. 54.
Hammacher, A.M. Barbara Hepworth (Cologne and Berlin: Kiepenheuer and Witsch, 1958; English trans., London: Universe Books, 1959), ill. 15.
Detroit News, (May 3, 1959), p. 25.
Fish, Margaret. "Moderns' Diversity Dominates Great Sculpture Show," Milwaukee Sentinel (September 27, 1959), ill. p. D-6.
Kulterman, Udo. "Englische Plastik der Gegenwart," Das Kunstwerk 12/7 (January 1959), ill. p. 6.
Duval, Paul. "Accent on Art: You Must Take a Look at this Fine Collection," Toronto Telegram (October 1, 1960), ill.
Toronto Daily Star (October 1, 1960), ill.
Hodin, J.P. Barbara Hepworth (New York: David McKay, 1961), no. 184, ill.
Kaufman, Betty. "Hirshhorn: The Collector's Art." Commonweal 77 (November 9, 1962), p. 182.
Hammacher, A.M. The Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth (English trans. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1968), ill. p. 122.
Goldwater, Robert. What is Modern Sculpture? (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1969), ill, p. 61.
Hammacher, A.M. The Evolution of Modern Sculpture: Tradition and Innovation (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1969), ill. p. 252.
Rhinelander, Philip H. Is Man Comprehensible to Man? ( Stanford University: The Portable Stanford, Summer 1973), ill. p. 67 (reprt. San Franscisco: WH Freeman, 1974).
Lerner, Abram et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), pp. 434, 702, ill. no. 627 (not in exhibition).
Unsigned. "Sculptural Purist," MD (Medical News Magazine) 18/11 (November 1974), ill. p. 129 (reprt. in Spanish trans., 14/11, November 1976, ill. p. 87).
Kavier, Ellen. Sculpture (New York: Newsweek Books, 1975), ill. p. 147.
WOMEN'S PROGRAM OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION. Women Artists: A Checklist of Works in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), ill.
Rosenfeld, Lucy Davidson. Women Artists from Ancient to Modern Times (Portland: J Weston Walch, 1989) p. 42.
Liebson, Milt. Direct Wood Sculpture: Techniques, Innovation, Creativity (Atlglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2001) p. 90.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, British Modernist Sculpture