"...suddenly the most commonplace objects came to have for me such significance that they no longer existed as just objects, but as shape and form in space."--Henry Moore. One of the world's greatest sculptors and a renowned photographer--close friends for thirty years--combine forces to provide insight into what makes a great creative artist. Part personal history and part stunning presentation of Moore's work and inspirations, striking photographs show his major sculptures and collected art, as well as the landscape and natural forms that indelibly influenced him. Compare Moore's own sculpted masks with the African and Mexican tribal pieces he so admires, or his figures--filled with energy--with Hedgecoe's nude studies. Close-ups focus in on small, fine details. Plus: a treasured glimpse of Moore in his workshop. 208 pages (16 in color), 230 b/w illus., 8 1/8 x 11 3/8.
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Spender, Stephen. In Irina's Garden with Henry Moore's Sculpture. Thames & Hudson, dist. by Norton. 1986. 128p. photogs., mainly color, by David Finn. LC 85-51749. $29.95. art These two collaborative books have been produced for our delectation in anticipation of Henry Moore's 88th birthday on July 30th. His works are rooted in the earth and spring from a spiritual soil accessible to all of us; they speak to us directly in a mythic language. In Henry Moore , the strength, power, and mystery of his works and surroundings are lovingly and lucidly presented in the artist's own words, by archival photos, and by photographs taken by his longtime friend, John Hedgecoe. This is a wonderful book, fully expressing the essence of Moore's title page statement: "I would like my work to be thought of as a celebration of life and nature." The collaborative effort of Spender, Finn, and Moore's wife, Irina, has produced a gentler book. While the impact and appeal of many of Finn's color photographs are marred by the annoying and distracting placement of page numbers in black squares, the book as a whole is successful. The volume by Moore and Hedgecoe is at once the more substantial and the less expensive, so if you must make a choice based solely on price, you will not be the loser; however, both titles would be valuable acquisitions for most collections. Jeffrey Weidman, Oberlin Coll. Libs., Ohio
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