Henry Moore: Selections from the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation presents a small group of prints from Muriel Berman’s collection of folios including “Stonehenge,” “Animals in the Zoo,” “Mother and Child,” and “Reclining Figures.” The prints are currently on loan to the Berman Museum of Art from the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.
The exhibit runs from Sept. 15 to March 19. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays. Admission is free.
Museum founders Muriel and Philip Berman began collecting art after Philip’s return from the South Pacific following World War II and the family’s move to Allentown, Pa. During the Berman’s nearly 30-year friendship with Henry Moore — best known for his monumental sculptures — Muriel assembled a comprehensive collection of the artist’s lithographs, drawings, and etchings.
Moore was born in Castleford, a small mining town in Yorkshire, England. He is celebrated for his distinctive figurative works, which include elements of the abstract, the surreal, the primitive, and the classical. He depicted humanity as a powerful natural force, interweaving the undulating forms of nature and the human body throughout his creations.
His interest in printmaking developed after World War I and became an increasingly important part of his work during the 1970s. He worked with master printers and publishers around the world to meet the growing demand for his graphic works. The human figure, and especially the female form, was at the core of much of Moore’s work. The theme of the reclining figure carried through every major phase of his career, including prints on display in this exhibition.
Moore’s monumental sculptures have been placed in indoor and outdoor environments throughout the world. –by Ed Moorhouse