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"Humanity Refigured: Henry Moore and Postwar British Sculpture"
2000-12-02 until 2001-03-04
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Hamilton, ON, CA Canada

As one of the soaring figures of twentieth-century sculpture, Henry Moore's broad sphere of influence exerted a profound impact on a generation of British sculptors. Whether in concert with, or in opposition to his aesthetics the work of Moore's contemporaries and successors can be assessed in relation to this towering and defining force of modern sculpture. As the human figure became the focus of Moore's investigations in three dimensions, a generation of younger sculptors who emerged after the end of the Second World War took their depictions of the human figure in new and highly charged directions.

Dubbed Britain's New Iron Age, the group - which included Kenneth Armitage, Lynn Chadwick, Reg Butler, Bernard Meadows and Eduardo Paolozzi - created expressions of anxiety and disquietude that stood in stark contrast to Moore's more lyrical mediations on the figure. The exhibition, curated by Michael Parke-Taylor, Associate Curator of European Art, brings together work by Moore and his contemporaries, providing a focused look at British sculpture from the postwar period.


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