“Aesthetic expression in three dimensions” is how Margel Hinder described sculpture. And it’s with her work that Melbourne’s Heide Museum of Modern Art re-opens. She was born Margel Harris in Brooklyn, in 1906, and studied art at the Boston Museum School, where she met her future husband, the Australian artist Frank Hinder. They married in 1930 and moved to Australia in 1934. Letting the country’s flora and fauna lead her eye, Hinder sculpted with wood and stone in the 1930s, created wire works in the 1950s, and focused on large public commissions in the 1960s. Culling from both public and private collections, the Heide presents 70 sculptures by Hinder, including her first wood relief—made in 1934 on the ship from America to Australia—as well as her 1950s abstract geometric pieces, which took their revolving forms from spiders’ webs. —J.D.
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