Millbank near Tate Britain
A number of plastic forms are entwined or fused. It seems that a number of surfaces fit together by abrading and polishing. This might be a nice metaphor for (the beginning of) a relationship.
Between two parts, there is a disk just like the natural bones. I think, this detail is too literally. The bones are specific forms. These forms give little opportunity to associate and are therefore little significant.
It is known that Moore often worked with bone-forms. As far as I know, Moore did not tell much about the reasons for these forms. Some experts give there own visions and interpretations. Without these reasons, the forms don’t make much sense to me. ArtAtSite wants to concentrate on the object itself, not on the reasons of the artwork.
The material is attractive. The colors and the transitions of them are beautiful.
The artwork, which is standing alongside the Thames, does not refer to the surroundings. The artwork is introverted.
Moore is a famous artist. Therefore, it is interesting to see a work by the hand of this artist. The impact of this work seems limited because, in my opinion, refers only to the corpus of works of this artist.
The artwork refers to specific objects (bones) that are barely used in the history of art. This specific forms are not much incorporated into works of art.
The artwork is hardly connected and in discussion with other works of art. The meaning of the chosen objects did hardly communicate with meanings in the tradition.
Henry Moore gives me no clues to give meaning to the artwork. The association of an beginning relationship is not strong; bones are not coupled with live nor (the formation of a relationship).
Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA RBS (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English sculptor and artist. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art.
His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore's works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.
Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a coal miner. He became well-known through his carved marble and larger-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom. His ability in later life to fulfill large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Yet he lived frugally and most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.
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