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Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

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Entries in Henry Moore (2)

Sunday
Nov182012

‘Moore’ magic on display at the Tate Modern

Upright Internal/External Form by Henry Moore
Plaster on display at Tate Modern, London.

Henry Moore (1898-1986) is a magician with stone, plaster and all things androgynous and of volume. His work ‘Upright Internal/External Form’ at the Tate Modern appeals to me on many levels. The finish of the plaster is an intricate meshing of browns and neutrals – like the patina on later versions of this work cast in Bronze. The form undulates and swirls creating an intricate relationship between negative and positive space and setting the scene for complex human relationships.

As a mother myself, I am fully aware of the need to encapsulate and protect a cherished little one, but as a daughter, I too understand the shift of wanting to be nurtured and protected to that of wriggling to be free. The maternal bond is a strong and complex one.

From the Tate: "I have done other sculptures based on this idea of one form being protected by another" Moore recalled. "I suppose in my mind was also the Mother and Child idea and of birth and the child in embryo. All these things are connected in this interior and exterior idea."

Presented to Tate by the artist 1978

Monday
Dec262011

Aotearoa 

Walking through PukeKura Park in New Plymouth, the birth place of my husband and home to our little ones extended family, I saw these beautiful white stone sculptures floating on the pond within the park. Reminding me somewhat of a smaller scale collection of Henry Moore’s well know reclining figures, I was again exposed to yet another wonderful New Zealand sculpture.

The work ‘Aotearoa’, or ‘The land of the long white cloud’ is the Māori word for the country New Zealand and created by sculpture Michael Smither, and friends.  

Māori, or te reo Māori being the language of indigenous population of New Zealand

 

Aotearoa "the land of the long white cloud"
A gift from the sculptor MD Smither and friends of the district of New Plymouth. 2007

From what I can discover, Michael Smither seems like a bit of a character, being well know for his environmental work and quoted on his online biography as not owning or using a computer. I quite like the thought of this and imagine it is a small act of rebellion. Imagine, no email or facebook account! Ekk!

PukeKura Park also hosts the annual Festival of Lights, which was pretty impressive.