This documentary exhibition marks the return of Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman 1957-58 to the East End of London. Purchased by the London County Council in 1961 for its new Stifford Estate in Stepney, the monumental bronze sculpture, one of an edition of 6, soon became known locally as ‘Old Flo’. In 1997, when the towers on the estate were being demolished, Draped Seated Woman was removed to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for safe keeping, a loan that lasted until 2017. ‘Old Flo’ finally came back to Tower Hamlets last year and can be seen in Cabot Square at Canary Wharf until 2022.
The exhibition not only traces Old Flo’s story, travels and impact on local opinion and politics, but also explores Moore’s working method, influences and the other bronze casts in his edition of Draped Seated Woman, which are located in collections around the world. The exhibition is part of the wide programme of celebration, education and community events taking place while Old Flo is at Canary Wharf. If you would like to receive updates and become a ‘Friend of Old Flo’ please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7418 2346.
Henry Moore 1898-1986 was at the forefront of British Modernist sculpture. His work focused almost entirely on the human female figure, standing, seated or reclining, with a child or as a family group. Influences on his work include the landscape, largely that of his native Yorkshire, his close observation of classical sculpture, and his own profound humanity. His sculpture, drawings and prints were shown and collected internationally throughout his lifetime and today exhibitions of his work are continually presented and celebrated globally. In 1977 Moore established the Henry Moore Foundation in the grounds of his home in Perry Green, Hertfordshire. The Foundation aims to advance understanding of the work of Henry Moore, in tandem with the wider aims of education and promotion of the fine arts. This exhibition has benefitted from the close collaboration of the Foundation’s curatorial and archival staff. www.henry-moore.org
Special Event: Monday 26 March, 6.30-7.30pm, FREE
Curator Ann Elliott celebrates the exhibition with members of the Henry Moore Foundation
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