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Friday, 25 September 2015 10:16

The Wichita Art Museum Unveils New Art Garden

The Wichita Art Museum lays out a new welcome mat to the community with the Art Garden Grand Opening on Saturday, September 26. Admission is free.

The Art Garden has transformed the lawn around the museum building into a lush oasis in the heart of the city. Features include the Paula and Barry Downing Amphitheater, Lattner and Walker Family Plaza, Jayne Milburn Sculpture Plaza, Slawson Family North Garden, and Tom and Myra Devlin Desert Garden.

Eleven exceptional sculptures—including masterworks by Henry Moore and Wichita native Tom Otterness—have been newly sited with surrounding landscape designed to frame and showcase the art.

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The legal owner of Henry Moore's sculpture Draped Seated Woman (1957-58) is Tower Hamlets Council, the High Court in London ruled on July 8, ending a long-running legal battle with Bromley Council over the work.
The former mayor of the east London borough, Lutfur Rahman consigned the work to auction in February 2013. But the sale was postponed after the Art Fund charity and the Museum of London discovered evidence that suggested ownership of the sculpture lay with Bromley Council in south London.

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A retrospective of works by Henry Moore opens at London’s Osborne Samuel gallery on Friday, 22 May (until 27 June). The selling exhibition of around 60 pieces was a good two years in the making, according to the gallery’s co-owner, Peter Osborne. He says that its “catalyst” was the previously unseen collection of Moore’s sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Howarth of works given to her in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 10:42

The Henry Moore Foundation Names New Director

Godfrey Worsdale, the director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, will leave his post in July 2015 to take up the role of director at The Henry Moore Foundation, in Leeds.

“Godfrey has made an outstanding contribution to BALTIC during his seven year tenure as director," BALTIC chairman Peter Buchan said in a statement. “The strength of his reputation brought the illustrious Turner Prize to BALTIC, the first non-Tate venue to be accorded that privilege in 2011. It was under his guidance that BALTIC was shortlisted as Museum of the Year in 2013 and the gallery earlier this year welcomed its 6 millionth visitor," he added.

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The great spectrum of some of the Palm Springs Art Museum's most treasured artworks from the 20th century are now on display in the museum's newly named Joseph Clayes III Exhibition Wing.

Works by masters such as Willem de Kooning, Henry Moore, Marc Chagall and others are on display in the museum's Clayes Exhibition Wing, made possible through a $1 million donation from the Joseph Clayes Charitable Trust. This wing, located near the front of the building on the north side, was formerly the McCallum Wing.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park offers a fresh perspective to the work of Henry Moore (1898–1986) in a major exhibition of more than 120 works considering the artist’s profound relationship with land, something which was fundamental to his practice and fuelled his visual vocabulary. Born into a mining family in Castleford, West Yorkshire, Moore is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and was a founding patron of YSP. "Henry Moore: Back to a Land" is produced in partnership with The Henry Moore Foundation.

"Henry Moore: Back to a Land" explores the artist’s radical notion of placing sculpture in the landscape, something which forever changed British sculpture. Moore was committed to showing his work in the open air and in the rolling hills of YSP’s former Deer Park in particular. Here, it can be experienced with the resident flock of sheep, an animal described by the artist as an ideal foil for the appreciation of his work, being exactly the right size and scale.

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A work by the British sculptor Henry Moore became a very special gift last week, when British Prime Minister David Cameron presented an artwork to US President Barack Obama when the pair met at the White House to discuss a range of world issues, including violent extremism, in light of the recent attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The piece is a print by the famous British artist, which depicts Stonehenge.

Cameron's present was rather considered, due to a certain trip made by the American president, when Last September, Obama made a surprise visit to the famous Neolithic site, which he described as "cool." The images of a smiling Obama walking around the magnificent ruins soon were seen all over the world.

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Tate Britain has announced that it will host London’s first major Barbara Hepworth exhibition in nearly fifty years. “Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for the Modern World” will open on June 24, 2015, and run through October 25, 2015. After the exhibition closes, it will travel to the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands (November 2015 – April 2016), and the Arp Museum in Rolandseck, Germany (May – August 2016).  

Born in Wakefield, England, in 1903, Hepworth studied sculpture at the Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she befriended fellow sculptor Henry Moore.

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Henry Moore’s famous maquette studio will be recreated in a special exhibition curated by the Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, Richard Calvocoressi at Gagosian Gallery in Davies Street, London. Henry Moore: Wunderkammer – Origin of Forms, will run from February 9 –  April 2, 2015.
Henry Moore is best known for his large-scale sculptures that occupy public spaces across the world, however the starting-point for these works often came from small pieces of stone, shells, bones, animal skulls and other found objects that the artist collected and displayed in his studio at Perry Green, which is now home to The Henry Moore Foundation.

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She was married to Humphrey Bogart. Shot films with the likes of John Wayne and Paul Newman. And over her long career racked up a pair of Tony Awards and an honorary Oscar. But if there was one figure who made screen legend Lauren Bacall weak in the knees it was British sculptor Henry Moore. 

Bacall, who passed away in August, was a longtime art collector, who amassed hundreds of artworks. Her tastes were broad and wide-ranging and her collection included African art and Pablo Picasso. But the actress had special affinity for works by Moore, whom she began collecting in the 1950s and first met in person in the mid-1970s.

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