Back to a Land - Henry Moore exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 February 2015
This month we hand over our Gallery pages to the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a preview of a major Henry Moore exhibition
More than 120 works by Henry Moore, one of the most important 20th century artists and a founding patron of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, make up a major new exhibition which examines his profound relationship with land.
Henry Moore: Back to a Land which opens this month, explores the artist’s radical notion of placing sculpture in the landscape, something which forever changed British sculpture. Moore was committed to showing his work in the open air and in the rolling hills of YSP’s former deer park in particular. Here, it is experienced with the resident flock of sheep, an animal described by Moore as an ideal foil for the appreciation of his work, being exactly the right size and scale.
The exhibition takes its title from Jacquetta Hawkes’ seminal book A Land (published 1951), a poetic history of the physical landscape of Britain. Moore illustrated a 1954 edition of the book and the exhibition features these originals. Back to a Land also emphasises the artist’s constant investigation of land, from the black coal seams of his hometown of Castleford, West Yorkshire and the rich geology of Britain, to the mystical ancient forms of Stonehenge. Sculptures, maquettes and rarely seen works on paper, such as Rocky Landscape (1982), reveal Moore’s understanding of geology and rock formations and refer back to his childhood experience of caves. These can be seen in the YSP’s purpose-built Underground Gallery.
The human figure, like the landscape, was at the core of Moore’s practice and works and the exhibition explores the relationship between figure and landscape through both the iconic large-scale sculptures for which Moore is so well known as well as through rarely seen two-dimensional works.
Back to a Land - Henry Moore exhibition
Date: c1976 Place: Perry Green Description: HM with Stone Maze; Project for Hill Monument (LH X116) plaster. Photographer: Michael Brons Henry Moore with the plaster Stone Maze: Project for Hill Monument, 1977. Photo Michael Brons; The Henry Moore Foundation archive
Henry Moore, Upright Motive No.1: Glenkiln Cross; Upright Motive No 2, Upright Motive No 7, 1955-56 bronze. Photo Jonty Wilde, courtesy Tate
Henry Moore, Draped Reclining Figure 1978 Roman travertine marble. Photo The Henry Moore Foundation archive
Photo: Michel Muller Henry Moore, Reclining Figure: Angles, 1979 bronze. Photo Michel Muller; The Henry Moore Foundation archive
Henry Moore, Reclining Figure with Red Stripes, 1973 lithograph. Photo Michael Phipps; The Henry Moore Foundation archive
Henry Moore, Stonehenge IV, 1973 lithograph. Photo Michael Phipps; The Henry Moore Foundation archive
Henry Moore, Large Two Forms, 19661969 bronze. Photo Jonty Wilde
The themes of the exhibition are supported by a carefully selected display of personal artefacts, notes, sketches and photographs curated by the artist’s only child Mary Moore.
Back to a Land runs from March 7th - September 6th and is produced in partnership with The Henry Moore Foundation.
All images are reproduced here by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation