Margel Hinder Modern in Motion

30 October 2021 6 February 2022
Heide Galleries
Lesley Harding and Denise Mimmocchi (AGNSW)
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This exhibition is the first dedicated retrospective of the work of Margel Hinder (1906–1995), one of the most dynamic yet under-acknowledged sculptors working in Australia during the mid-twentieth century.

New York-born and educated in Buffalo and Boston, Hinder migrated to Sydney in 1934 following her marriage to artist Frank Hinder. It was there that her mature practice flourished, as she translated and re-interpreted the innovations of international movements in contemporary sculpture and became a pioneer of avant-garde art forms in Australia.

Inspired by European modernism, Hinder's early figurative carvings in wood and stone feature simplified volumes and shapes a minimum of external detail, focusing on the 'inner energies' of her subjects. In the early 1950s she made a decisive transition to an abstract sculptural language, exploring geometry, space, light and movement in open-form works constructed in metal, wire and plastic. Expanding her sights to a wider arena in the 1960s, she began producing large scale sculptures for civic and corporate comissions, some of which are among Australia's most significant modernist public monuments.

Margel Hinder: Modern in Motion presents an arresting array of sculptures made over five decades of Hinder's career, revealing for the first time the breadth of her creative vision and extent of her achievements in her chosen field.

Presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Heide Museum of Modern Art.