Art: Yorkshire Cradle

In all of England's green and pleasant land, few areas are more blighted than Yorkshire's grim and dour West Riding, with its blackened industrial valleys forested with smokestacks, jug-shaped cooling towers, sooty spires and reeking slag heaps. Yet last week, as the Leeds City Art Gallery staged a five-man, 58-piece sculpture show of Yorkshire's native sons, it became abundantly clear that this area of bleak moors is the cradle of Britain's sculpture renaissance.

Most famed are Henry Moore, 60, the first major sculptor Britain has produced in centuries, and Barbara Hepworth, 55, whose pebble-smooth,...

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