Henry Moore (1898-1986) was one of the twentieth century's great sculptors. First emerging from the relative obscurity of the radical modernist movement in England in the 1920s, Moore quickly established himself as one of Britain's leading young artists. In 1946 his sculpture was presented in a one-man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two years later, he won the prestigious International Prize at the Venice Biennale. After 1950, with the sponsorship of the British Council (an organization promoting British cultural values), Moore executed large-scale public projects throughout the Western world. At the time of his death, Moore was a formidable cultural presence whose work had become synonymous with modern sculpture.
This exhibition is the first U.S. retrospective in twenty years to assess Moore's contributions to the art of the last century. At once an homage and a voyage of rediscovery, the show traces the crucial stages of the artist's development: from his groundbreaking work following World War I and his experimentation with abstraction and surrealism in the 1930s, to his patriotic engagement as an official war artist during World War II, his postwar humanism, and his interest in large-scale public sculpture during the last four decades of his life. Presenting both sculpture and drawings, the exhibition examines the development of Moore's formal and thematic repertoire, his enduring preoccupation with the reclining figure, and his radical exploration of sculptural form.