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‘Henry Moore: American Patrons and Commissions’

Article – Published 15th Oct 15

Henry Moore’s greatest market was in the United States where there developed an influential network of supporters who particularly in the post-War period were responding to the sculptor in the context of the political and economic relationship between America and the United Kingdom, and of the Cold War. American patrons understood how his sculptures might avoid contemporary debates over the purpose and nature of the traditional, figurative public monument. This essay discusses these supporters together with a range of sculptural commissions in key American cities. There was a similarity between American civic and corporate ambitions in the post-War period. These could be expressed through a reading of Moore’s monumental bronzes as embodying notions of citizenship, quality, leadership and creativity.

Publication details

Publication status Published
Refereed 1
Publication title Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity
Publishers name Tate Britain