Tuesday, January 4, 2011

LOVE...Henry Moore's New Year's Mantra...

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. ~Henry Moore

Now this is the kind of resolution I can live by. Leave it to a gifted artist to so succinctly refute the pressure of tackling a whole year's doings in one ambitious list. Perhaps it was easy for Moore to rebuff the concept because of all that he accomplished in hardly any time at all- the artist nearly single-handedly created modernist sculpture in Europe and subsequently the world. Although Moore refused to align himself with a genre, he was frequently described as a surrealist sculptor, and his first show held stateside in 1936 was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York entitled "Cubism". Moving between artistic genres and working throughout WWII, relocating several times with his wife, Moore continued to pursue his work. Creating large abstract scale bronze sculptures of the human figure, often mother and child, Moore forever changed the idea of both modernist sculpture and public art. I love how these massive pieces, despite their size are never imposing, but rather possess a benign disposition. So in honor of Moore's enlightened and resolute New Year's Resolution mantra, today I share some of my favorites from the father of modernist sculpture.

Three-Way Piece No. 2, 1964-1965

Double Oval, 1966

Students on campus at University of Sussex...

Reclining Figure, 1951

Knife Edge Mirror

Mother and Child

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