Thursday, July 07, 2011

Reclining Connected Forms

Reclining Connected Forms

The occasional tour of Vegas highbrow art continues, with a visit to Reclining Connected Forms (1969-1974), by the English sculptor Henry Moore. Like Typewriter Eraser Scale X and Big Edge, it's part of the $40 million art collection at the $10 billion CityCenter complex, and can be found tucked away between the swanky Crystals mall and the alarming Veer condo towers.

As a headline art attraction at a shiny new casino, there are more than a few mentions of it on the net, so I'll just pass a few along that seemed interesting. An About.com piece about it includes a photo of it in a gallery, prior to its arrival in Vegas, and it's mentioned in a funny article about CityCenter art at VegasMavens. And a cardboard spoof version of it appeared in a recent show titled CountyCenter.

Reclining Connected Forms

The date given above spans the years 1969-1974 because this is just one in a series, and it has siblings of various sizes & materials scattered across the globe. Sightings of various siblings I've come across on the interwebs:
  • Smaller bronze predecessor at Adelaide University in Australia.
  • In Kansas City at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Storm King Art Center in upstate New York
  • The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale
  • Kew Gardens in London
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • On the grounds of the Henry Moore Foundation itself.
  • One was sold at auction by Sothebys earlier this year. I didn't create an account to see exactly how much it sold for, but the page says the pre-auction estimate was around £1.5M to £2.5M, and says it's number 5 of 9 copies produced.
  • A much smaller maquette for Reclining Connected Forms, 1969 sold in 2010, with an estimated price of £35k-£45k.
  • In 2006, a bronze version was removed from display at Exeter University (UK) due to fears about metal thieves, and returned to the Henry Moore foundation. So it might be the same one mentioned above, or possibly the foundation has multiple copies and one's the designated loaner.
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