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Henry Moore in America By Pauline Rose

Henry Moore in America by Pauline Rose

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Although a quintessentially English sculptor, Henry Moore experienced outstanding success in the United States. A man much admired and revered, he was the natural choice for corporate and civil commissions.

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Henry Moore in America: Art, Business and the Special Relationship by Pauline Rose

Although a quintessentially English sculptor, Henry Moore experienced outstanding success in the United States. A man much admired and revered, he was the natural choice for corporate and civil commissions, with many seeing ownership of his work as an expression of rank and aspiring wealth. The fact that the United States contains the greatest number of his sculptures, as opposed to his home country, cannot simply be attributed to superior spending power. Based on original sources, and containing many previously unpublished images, Pauline Rose's book explores the reasons for Moore's fame in America, and the construction of his American persona. An autonomous, creative genius was a seductive and popular idea for the Americans, a perception encouraged by the photographs, films and writings of him in the press. The impact of Moore's presence was likely even stronger precisely because he did not fulfil the expected traits of either the modern artist or the modern celebrity. Rose's work focuses on contextual factors surrounding Moore's reception: political and economic imperatives within the United Kingdom and the transatlantic Special Relationship between the United Kingdom and America. Exploring the ways in which Moore was presented to an American audience via text and imagery and the influential network of his supporters which spanned the two countries, this insightful book examines a range of sculptural commissions in key American cities. His popularity is likely to be related to the ambitions of politicians and businessmen alike who perceived Moore's monumental sculptures as expressions of citizenship and humanity, particularly against the backdrop of the Cold War. This text is a valuable and innovative addition to studies on Moore. It will be indispensable to all those interested in twentieth century art history and cultural studies, Anglo-American relations, and the vibrant relationship between text and image.

About Pauline Rose

Pauline Rose is an art historian and senior lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth. She studied history of art at the University of Southampton (Winchester School of Art) and this book draws on her extensive research into Henry Moore's career in the United States. She is the author of Henry Moore in Dallas (Sculpture Journal, 2008); Photography and Sculpture: Portraying Henry Moore (The Artist's Portrait and Self-Portrait, 2010, Moscow Academy of Fine Arts) and Henry Moore in America: The Role of Journalism and Photography (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011). She has worked with the Tate Gallery on their online research project 'Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity' by contributing two essays on Moore's career in the United States. She has published on St Ives painter Peter Lanyon and is currently preparing a book on British Women Sculptors 1900-1951.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Cultural Export: Promoting henry Moore in the United States 3. The Englishness of Henry Moore 4. Cast in Bronze: Civic and Corporate Ambitions 5. From City Hall to Shopping Mall 6. The After-Life of Henry Moore

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GOR010747151
9781848858213
1848858213
Henry Moore in America: Art, Business and the Special Relationship by Pauline Rose
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2013-12-18
272
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