This major exhibition, in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation, takes a fresh approach to Moore’s work by considering his profound relationship with land, which was fundamental to his practice and fuelled his visual vocabulary
Moore’s contemporary and fellow local (from Wakefield), Barbara Hepworth, is well known for her many works that are inspired by the landscape, but I’ve never viewed his works in that way.
No photographs were allowed indoors, unfortunately so I’ll have to rely on describing what I saw and a few pictures from the YSP website
There were sculptures and a large number of drawings, sketches, watercolours and other works on paper. Many of the drawings were land related,
Arch Rock, Ice Berg, Rocky Landscape and numerous other drawings, some rarely seen in public, along with a range of sculptures exploring scale and the interplay between internal and external spaces, emphasise the artist’s constant investigation of land, from the black coal seams of his hometown and the rich geology of Britain, to the mystical ancient forms of Stonehenge.
but the sculptures, like the following draped figure, were mainly based on the human body
Most of the works appeared to be from later in his life and from the Henry Moore Foundation’s collection.
One aspect of the exhibition I particularly liked were the poems by Simon Armitage inspired by some of the works on show. He’s from Marsden, not so far away, and has worked with the YSP on other ocassions. The poems were displayed next to the specific works which inspired them and reproduced in the exhibition catalogue. This also includes some poems by Ted Hughes, another Yorkshireman and someone whose work was very much inspired by the landscape and natural environment.
Outdoors there were a number of large scale works
A large scale fibreglass reclining figure – an unusual material for Moore