By the 1950s Margel Hinder had achieved a reputation as one of the most accomplished and committed of Australia's modern sculptors. Raised in America and familiar with European and American abstract developments before her arrival in Sydney in 1934, Hinder moved to the forefront of modernist activity in Sydney in the 1930s and 40s. Hinder worked in a variety of media including wood, metal and plastics and with a range of techniques, although she has consistently preferred carving. She was one of the few women artists in Australia who was involved in public commissions on a monumental scale. Hinder was concerned, not to relate her sculpture to nature or the figurative, but to resolve abstract conceptions and principles in three-dimensional forms, which could also give definition to her feelings. 'Green garden sculpture', constructed by building up sections of copper sheets in overlapping thicknesses, is a finely resolved complex of interlocking forms and space.
© Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001
laminated copper sheeting with copper alloy surface
91.5 x 51.0 x 49.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 7 exhibitions
Frank and Margel Hinder retrospective (1973), Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, 30 Aug 1973–30 Sep 1973
Frank and Margel Hinder 1930-1980, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 1980–13 Jul 1980
Three years on: acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1981–01 Dec 1981
Australian Women Artists, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, 06 Oct 1982–21 Oct 1982
Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 1992–12 Apr 1992
Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Referenced in 6 publications
Renée Free, Frank and Margel Hinder 1930 - 1980, 'Margel Hinder: Catalogue', pp. 56-61, Sydney, 1980, 59, 71 (illus.). cat.no. M69
Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, (illus.). not paginated, no catalogue numbers
Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. 5-26, Sydney, 1981, 15 (illus.). cat.no. 15
Natalie Wilson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Grace Crowley / Ralph Balson / Frank Hinder / Margel Hinder', pg. 88-103, Sydney, 2002, 102, 103 (colour illus.), 144, 147.
Ian Cornford, The sculpture of Margel Hinder, 'List of illustrations', pg. 6-7, Willoughby, 2013, 127, 130, 131 (colour illus.), 155.
Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 75 (colour illus.).