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The Personal Library of Barbara Hepworth: A Case Study in the Curation and Interpretation of Artists’ Libraries
Clare Nadal
2020
University of Huddersfield and The Hepworth Wakefield

Artists’ libraries are generally an understudied area of the legacy of an artist and have an uncertain status as to both value and use. Taking the case study of the personal library of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, formerly housed at The Hepworth Wakefield, this thesis combines archival research with a curatorial intervention to demonstrate the value of such traditionally overlooked areas of knowledge in the study of both Hepworth’s work, and that of artists more widely.

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