What to book: Helaine Blumenfeld at Hignell Gallery

A new exhibition, ‘Hard Beauty’, explores the sculptor’s recent artistic evolution

Image: ‘Meridiana’ (2016), Holland Park, by Helaine Blumenfeld. Courtesy of Hignell Gallery

Dubbed “the heir apparent to Moore and Hepworth” by the arts magazine Apollo, Helaine Blumenfeld is one of the world’s leading contemporary sculptors, with a unique style that takes inspiration from human and natural forms. A new exhibition at Mayfair’s Hignell Gallery explores some of the recent developments in the American artist’s illustrious career.

Curated by the gallery’s director Abby Hignell, the show offers a personal perspective on the evolution of Blumenfeld’s work, showing how her practice has been influenced by her experiences of change and uncertainty. Featuring a selection of new pieces in bronze, marble and terracotta, the display illustrates the sculptor’s sensitive exploration of contrasts: progression versus destruction; materiality versus spirituality; the personal versus the universal. Each of her pieces is invested with a dynamic quality that takes it beyond the physical, from the hidden kinetic energy of the white-marble sculpture Two Sides of a Woman to the evocative Crescendo, whose bronze forms are reminiscent of a bird in flight or a flower in bloom.

Image: ‘Two Sides of a Woman’ (2016) by Helaine Blumenfeld. Courtesy of Hignell Gallery

Blumenfeld, whose work has been exhibited everywhere from Salisbury Cathedral to Cambridge University, said: “To be creative, I must be in touch with my inner vision. This means exposing what is most vulnerable, which requires courage. It means being able to accept and embrace uncertainty. The ability to contradict my own forms is at the basis of every breakthrough I have made as an artist.”

Image: ‘Fortuna’ (2016) by Helaine Blumenfeld. Courtesy of Hignell Gallery

‘Hard Beauty’ runs from 22 September to 27 November at Hignell Gallery, 12–14 Shepherd Street, London W1.

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