"Eight Sculptural Studies," by Henry Moore (1898-1986); mixed media (1980).

How big of a deal is a new Henry Moore exhibit at Seven Vail Fine Arts-Project Room? It’s the first time a non-institutional venue is hosting a show solely dedicated to the British artist’s prints. Moore (1898-1986) is acknowledged as one of the 20thcentury’s greatest sculptors.

The 18 lithographs, etchings and mixed media works explore Moore’s graphic work from 1963 to 1983 relating to his iconic “Mother and Child” and “Reclining Figures” series. Moore drew his ideas before sculpting them, and gallery owner Steven Vail says the works give viewers a way to “follow along with (Moore’s) thought process and working style. They’re an exploration of the end result, which is the sculpture.”

Vail adds that Moore’s works reflect both what was happening in his personal life as well as trends in the art world. For example, Moore first started exploring the universal theme of mother and child after his mother died and his daughter was born. The “Cubist flavor” of the series shows the influence of Pablo Picasso, he says.

The exhibition continues through July 30. Seven Vail Fine Arts-Project Room, 500 E. Locust; 309-2763.

 

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