Sunday, 15 July 2012

Little Secret #2 – Henry Moore: Late Large Forms

Just a couple of days after the announcement of Henry Moore’s Sundial sculpture being stolen from the garden of the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire we visited the Late Large Forms exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery. Located few minutes away from Kings Cross station in a quiet street, this little gallery had the honour to host nine large-scale sculptures of Henry Moore; some of which are being presented indoors for the first time.
Large Two Forms, 1966
The vast size of Moore’s sculptures made the gallery look tiny and we could not help but wonder how these mammoths made it in there - later on we discovered that a wall had to go down in order to accommodate them. The fact that they were indoors made the vibe much more personal. The white background surrounding their strong metal figures made them look vibrant and natural although the sculptures were not actually in their "natural environment".


Large Spindle Piece, 1974

Our pick of the day was the Large Four Piece Reclining Figure which depicts even stronger the contrast between its bronze patina and the white background.  

Large Four Piece Reclining Figure, 1972-73

Other sculptures of this exhibition include:
Two Piece Reclining Figure: Cut, 1979-81
Reclining Figure: Hand, 1979
Seated Woman: Thin Neck, 1961

Almost hidden close to the end of the gallery nine hand-sized scale maquettes present a real contradiction compared to their real-size sculptures.  An exhibition totally worth visiting...

The Henry Moore exhibition will be on until the 18th of August 2012.

Gagosian Gallery 

6-24 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JD
0044 20 7841 9960

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