Moore in America: Monumental Sculpture at The New York Botanical Garden is the largest outdoor exhibition of Henry Moore’s artwork ever presented in a single venue in the United States, and has been extended through January 11, 2009. Twenty major Moore sculptures are positioned throughout the Garden’s 250 acres and among its 50 gardens and plant collections, complementing the historic landscape during nature’s changing cycles.
Moore in America: Monumental Sculpture at The New York Botanical Garden has been named one of the “Top 10 Museum Exhibitions of 2008″ by Time’s art critic Richard Lacayo.
Moore intended that his monumental works of sculpture be presented in expansive landscapes so that their mass and size could be seen from many angles, in great variety of light, and in differing seasons. He wanted people to get up close and touch them. The New York Botanical Garden fits his intent with sweeping, undulating terrain, diverse plant collections, and gardens with the appropriate scale and beauty to complement his sculpture.
Moore, born in 1898 in Castleford, Yorkshire, is one of the world’s best known 20th-century sculptors. His first solo show of sculpture was held in London in 1928. In 1943 he received a commission from the Church of St. Matthew, Northampton, U.K., to carve Madonna and Child, the first in an important series of family-group sculptures. Moore was given his first major retrospective outside of England by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946. He won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale of 1948. In 1963 the artist was awarded the British Order of Merit. Moore died in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, in 1986.