An exhibition exploring Moore’s changing approach to carving.
Out of the Block brings together nearly 30 major works in stone and wood, made over six decades, from the collection of the Henry Moore Foundation. They trace Moore’s development as an artist and carver and reveal his influences at different moments in his career.
In addition to the sculptural work, the exhibition features film and photographs from the Henry Moore Archive which provide a fascinating insight into the evolution of Moore’s practice, from a quiet, solitary pursuit to a large-scale operation involving many hands and mechanical assistance. The film in the exhibition – recently digitised from the original silent, Standard 8 Cine Film reel - has never been shown in public before. It shows Moore working on the largest and most ambitious of his wood sculptures, Reclining Figure (1959-64), which is featured in the exhibition. The film also documents a visit to Henraux’s quarries in Querceta, Italy, in 1969.