Taking as its inspiration the Barber’s recently acquired Constructivist sculpture - Russian artist Naum Gabo’s Linear Construction In Space No1 - Cornwall As Crucible considers the relationships and networks that existed between artists who lived and worked in the county (and most particularly in St Ives) during the mid-20th century.

Featuring works by, among others, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon and Sandra Blow, the exhibition examines the artists’ development of a visual language that explored the boundary between representation and abstraction. The installation also investigates the impact which the distinctive Cornish landscape had on the work of the artists residing in the region.

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