Art Historian and BA (Hons) Fine Art Lecturer, Dr. Pauline Rose, has written a new book on British sculptor Henry Moore’s success in America.
The book, titled Henry Moore in America: Art, Business and the Special Relationship, explores Moore’s success across the atlantic.
Based on original sources, and containing many previously unpublished images, Pauline Rose’s work explores the ways in which Moore was presented to America through text, imagery and the influential network of his supporters.
It examines a range of sculptural commissions in key American cities, resulting from the ambitions of politicians and businessmen alike who perceived Moore’s monumental sculptures as expressions of citizenship and humanity.
“Artistic reputations are rarely based on ability alone.” says Dr. Rose, “In the case of Moore his career escalated in the United States, particularly in the postwar climate of the Cold War. When I looked at his patrons I discovered that he had received a significant number of commissions from civic bodies and corporations – this became the focus of my PhD research and eventually this book.
The latter concentrates on contextual factors: political and economic imperatives within the United Kingdom and the transatlantic Special Relationship; the ways in which Moore was presented to an American audience via text and imagery; and the influential network of his supporters which spanned the two countries.”
Previously, Dr. Pauline Rose has written Henry Moore in Dallas (Sculpture Journal, 2008); Photography and Sculpture: Portraying Henry Moore (The Artist’s Portrait and Self-Portrait, 2010, Moscow Academy of Fine Arts) and Henry Moore in America: The Role of Journalism and Photography (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011).
She is working with the Tate Gallery on their online research project ‘Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity’ by contributing two essays on Moore’s career in the United States. She has published on St Ives painter Peter Lanyon and is currently preparing a book on British Women Sculptors 1900–1951.
Henry Moore in America is now on sale from publisher I.B.Tauris — for a 30% discount off the cover price, enter the discount code 9UB at the checkout.
Dr. Pauline Rose will also discuss her book at a special publication event at The Gallery at AUB on Thursday 23rd January.