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Henry Moore At Tate Modern UK
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From: RS
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 28 July 2003

Review

These lumps of marble or rock don't make any sense. What is sculpture anymore? it was a thing, a big dense object, on a plinth to be circum-ambulated. Such art rarely exists now within the mainstream contemporary canon. At its height of non-meaning is sculpture artistically abstracting the human figure. Ok to make a cast, wrong to describe a figure prettily. Art out of synch is always exciting and puzzling. In this category in the Tate are also Jacob Epsteins thrillingly physical biblical rocks (including the usual contextualising attempts by the curators to add interest). Both Moore and Epstein are close to beauty.

On another note my second view of Cruel And Tender was very successful. Lewis Baltz's Californian factories seemed to be of heartbreaking and thrilling aesthetic perfection: again beauty. Many others came alive. On my first visit I had been indifferent. Now it clicked. Photography became the moment where the viewer saw the photograph, at that point it existed, and the journey through the captured image began and will go on. Photographs need to be presented to live, paintings have their own laws and can be left alone.

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