Just published - important new book on Moore's graphic work
25th March 2010
David Mitchinson, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at The Henry Moore Foundation, has written a new book, Henry Moore: Prints and Portfolios. Mitchinson worked alongside Moore on his graphics from the late 1960s until the artist's death in 1986. He is due to retire at the end of March 2010 after 42 years working for Moore and The Foundation.
The book is available at a special rate of £60 until 10 May 2010. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to buy your copy.
The book, which has 408 pages and 851 illustrations, has been published by Patrick Cramer in Geneva. Both Patrick and his late father Gérald worked closely with Moore for many years on his printmaking. As well as in a standard edition of 1500, price £75, the book will also appear in a deluxe edition of 50 at £2,000, each containing an issue of Moore's first etching, Composition for a Poem by Herbert Read (c.1946) and his last lithograph, Two Women Seated on Beach (1984).
Print-making formed an increasingly important part of Moore's work from the 1970s, when he worked with specialist printers and publishers internationally to meet a growing demand for his work. There are 719 prints in the Moore catalogue raisonné, and of these, 363 appear in some form of deluxe book or portfolio.
The book charts the rich and varied histories of these prints and portfolios, which were created by the artist in collaboration with other artists, writers, typographers, printers and publishers from 1931 onwards.
Also in the book are little-known one-off graphic projects by the artist - a wine label for the 1964 Mouton Rothschild vintage, for example, Moore's personal book plate design, and a print conceived for a bold scheme to introduce modern art to schools.
Prints and Portfolios is available from The Henry Moore Foundation by telephoning 01279 843 333.