The Shape Of Anxiety: Henry Moore in the 1930s
How the Exhibition Came to be
By Michael Parke-Taylor
Some years ago I was thinking about a Henry Moore show for the AGO that would examine his sculpture from the early part of his career during the 20s and 30s– the work that established his reputation as the world’s most famous sculptor. Visitors to the AGO’s permanent collection often experience his Post-World War II sculptures. I thought maybe it was time to show where Moore came from.
In my research, I found out that Tate Britain was also planning to do something similar on Moore. So I flew to London. That is how Tate curator Chris Stephens and I came to collaborate on the selection of works for this exhibition.
My goal was to show a young Henry Moore who created edgy and even weird-looking sculpture, influenced by surrealist and abstraction in the 1930s.
I hope that looking at these early works will give greater meaning to the large-scale works that came later, and that we display on a permanent basis.
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