Art: Impulses Towards Life

"Art is beyond sex," says Barbara Hepworth, and she would deplore being called Britain's top woman sculptor. Yet she is, and more: after her old friend Henry Moore, she is possibly Britain's best sculptor of either gender. Last week a ten-year retrospective show of her work was on view in London's Whitechapel Art Gallery, and a new7 book about her —Barbara Hepworth, by J. P. Hodin (Mc Kay; $17.50) — is out in the U.S. Though her work is now totally accepted, both the book and the show prove what a vital thing it...

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