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Henry Moore

Late Large Forms

November 20, 2012–January 12, 2013
West 21st Street, New York

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Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

About

Everything I do, I intend to make on a large scale... Size itself has its own impact, and physically we can relate more strongly to a big sculpture than to a small one.
—Henry Moore

Gagosian Gallery, in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation, is pleased to present a major exhibition of large-scale sculptures by Henry Moore, which opened at Larry Gagosian’s Britannia Street location in London earlier this year.

A pioneer of modern British sculpture, Moore engaged the abstract, the surreal, the primitive and the classical in vigorous corporeal forms that are as accessible and familiar as they are avant-garde. His monumental sculptures celebrated the power of organic forms at a time when traditional representation was largely eschewed by the vanguard art establishment. The overwhelming physicality of their scale and forceful presence promotes a charged relation between sculpture, site and viewer. Reclining Figure: Hand (1979) is immediately identifiable as a human form despite its modulated stylization. The rounded, cloud-like body, which contrasts with a “knife-edge” head derived from bird bone, attests to Moore’s more exploratory impulses when compared to Reclining Connected Forms (1969), where he alludes to body parts using the vocabulary of mechanical components. Large Two Forms (1966) takes its shape from flints, whereas Large Spindle Piece (1974) reveals an interest in both natural and man-made objects.

It was Moore’s intention that these large-scale works be interacted with, viewed close-up, and even touched. Given their heft and mass, they are most commonly sited outdoors, subject to the effects of changing light, weather, and landscape. But seen within the pristine white environment of the gallery, the contrasting shapes, patinas and sheer scale of the sculptures are more keenly felt. Brimming with latent energy, their richly textured surfaces and sensual, rippling arcs and concavities can be seen to new effect.

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