Henry Moore Bound to Fail, a work by the American artist Paul McCarthy, communicated with Henry Moore not only formally but also topographically: it was positioned in view of the sculpture Hill Arches by the British sculptor in front of the Karlskirche.
With regard to design and material, Paul McCarthy’s bronze occupies a special position in his oeuvre. The artist develops his motifs very often across long periods of time: the origin of this sculpture derives from a miniature figure of 1960/61, at the time however without explicit reference to Henry Moore. Only when McCarthy took the form up again in 2003/2004, did he stress the similarities to the British artist’s sculptures, and included his name into the work title. The smooth, seemingly soft surface and the abstract form rotating around its own axis, yet still resembling a torso, indeed give the effect of a reappropriation of Henry Moore’s aesthetic in the sense of Appropriation Art of the 1960s. Thus the work falls into line with the rest of Paul McCarthy’s general oeuvre, in which the ironic and subversive reinterpretation of found materials of established artistic styles always assumes a central position.
KÖR at Kunsthalle Vienna public space karlsplatz,Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Vienna
*1945 in Salt Lake City (US), lives and works in Los Angeles
About the work
Henry Moore Bound to Fail, 2004
bronze, edition 2/3 + 1 AP
600 x 410 x 304 cm