Henry Moore Bound to Fail Maquette (Stainless Steel)


Polished stainless steel

154.9 x 101 x 74.9 cm (61 x 39 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.)

Paul McCarthy's sculpture Henry Moore Bound To Fail Maquette (Stainless Steel) depicts a deformed, perforated, dazzlingly bright body in the style of British artist Henry Moore (1898-1986). Made of varnished stainless steel, it sets up an astonishing encounter with viewers, who can see their reflections, and establishes a dialogue with the artists who influenced him and his works.

A committed figure on the California scene, McCarthy refers here to his first work in 1959 and to a 1967 work by Bruce Nauman. He made several versions, including a monumental, inflatable one set up on the roof of the Whitney Museum in New York in 2004, proof of his sculptural radicalism. Nauman's work, from which he takes the title, also questions the notion of artistic dialogue.

Henry Moore Bound To Fail Maquette (Stainless Steel) was first exhibited by the Pinault Collection at the "Qui a peur des artistes?" (“Who’s Afraid of Artists?”) show at the Palais des Arts in Dinard in 2009.