Margel Hinder (1906-1995) was born in Brooklyn and emerged as an artist in her own right when she came to Sydney with her husband Frank Hinder, also a well regarded artist. In fact, they even had joint exhibitions.

For her part Margel Hinder is regarded as one of Australia’s most important sculptors of the twentieth century. She was deeply influenced by movements of modern sculpture and pioneered such artforms in Australia. 

Broadly, in the 1930’s Hinder worked on work carvings of simplified shapes, pairing them down to stress their inner energies. 

By the early 1950’s Hinder shifted to an abstract sculptural language that stressed form, space, light and movement. Her mobiles, in particular, which create beautiful shadows seemed to be influenced by Le Corbusier.

In her public sculptures she used fountains to address her fascination with kinetic energy. The best examples of this is her sculpture and fountain in front of the Newcastle Civic Centre. Another example of her public art is her sculpture at the Reserve Bank in Martin Place. 

This is the first retrospective dedicated to the work of Margel Hinder. It includes an outstanding array of sculptures produced over her career. 

The exhibition at the Art Gallery Of New South Wales runs until 2nd May 2021


All photos by Ben Apfelbaum