More on Moore

seated-mother-and-child

or Why Henry Moore rocked my socks at Art Toronto, 2016

As you may recall, in my last post on gallery1007.com, I shared my views on the latest edition of Art Toronto. In this post, I stated that my favourite piece in the show was The Seated Mother with Child by Henry Moore. This little gem of a Moore was tucked away in the corner of Mayberry’s booth surrounded by an impressive array of paintings both modern and historical.

     Sculpture has never been my collecting cup of tea. It is usually large and imposing, ideally suited to open spaces in front of important buildings, and NOT my one bedroom apartment. I know there are practitioners of  small sculptures but then there is usually the blackness and the hardness. Another problem is the frequent mythological/Biblical references which require some degree of preexisting knowledge. It is a somewhat different kettle of fish with regard to The Seated Mother with Child.

The piece is small (perfect for a one bedroom apartment); the patina is a warm, golden copper; the subject matter simple but universal. For me, there are three particular points of interest. First, the mother’s apron is more like a shield protecting herself and her baby. Secondly, the mother’s arms seem excessively long  as though better able to hold and cradle her child. Thirdly, the indistinct faces suggest any mother and any child.

    I loved this evocative piece but, at $75,000.00, it would definitely not fit into my one bedroom world. Life sucks.

Tom Maunder, tomcarl@sympatico.ca   

Also worthy of note: The current Gallery 1007 show at that lovely poetry shop, knife | fork | book at Rick’s Cafe (281 Augusta Ave, Kensington Market), has been extended and will be refreshed with some new work. Go have a look-see.

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