Sunday, November 29, 2009

Moore in America

After a bountiful Thanksgiving with family in Atlanta and much to be thankful for, David and I enjoyed spending Friday at the Moore in America exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in downtown Atlanta. Although other family members chose to spend their time at the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN building or the malls, I knew it was a "must see" for me even though David tried to convince me otherwise after waking to ice on our windshields and freezing temperatures. Since we arrived shortly after opening, we literally had a private tour of the exhibit and gardens.

Moore (1898-1986) was born in England and was a sculptor and teacher and is "often considered the first sculptor to create fine art intended to be displayed outdoors that were not memorials, monuments or garden ornaments." He is considered the most important British sculptor of the twentieth century.

Moore drew inspiration from nature and often blended landscape forms and those of the human figure. His work often includes a mother and child, a reclining woman and organic and interlocking forms. You may have seen his work outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Moore in America is the largest special exhibition of Henry Moore's monumental sculptures ever presented in the United States and was named one of the Top 10 Museum Exhibitions by Time magazine. The exhibit has been extended through December 31st and includes 20 large scale pieces of bronze and marble.

Since I did not purchase the exhibition catalog but rather a book of Moore's plasters, carvings and drawings, I'm not able to provide the title of each piece.


(click to enlarge) Knife edge two piece at entrance.


(click to enlarge) Knife edge two piece at entrance.

(click to enlarge) Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points located on
the great lawn in front of the conservatory.

(click to enlarge) Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points located on
the great lawn in front of the conservatory.

(click to enlarge) Large Reclining Figure on the great lawn.




(click to enlarge) Large Reclining Figure on the great lawn.


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(click to enlarge) Large Two Forms.



(click to enlarge) Large Two Forms.


(click to enlarge) Large Two Forms.



(click to enlarge) Large Two Forms.



(click to enlarge) Three Piece Reclining Figure:Draped.


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(click to enlarge) Upright Motive No. 7 + 8.


(click to enlarge) Goslar Warrior in front of conservatory.




(click to enlarge) Mother and Child inside the Orchid Center.


(click to enlarge) Work by Chihuly in fountain.


(click to enlarge) David patiently waiting while I explore the gardens.

2 comments:

Susan said...

Hi!
Lovely, lovely blog posts. I'm so glad you are keeping up with this way of both sharing and remembering the special, influential, and artistic experiences we all have in our lives. You photos of Kay are especially good. The photo of David and his "friend" is absolutely great!
Susan

Kim said...

Doni - these are beautiful! Of course my personal favorite is David & the Frog. Thanks for sharing!