A monographic Albert Moore exhibition is on view through 1st October in Northern England at the York Art Gallery. Go see it if you have the chance. Who knows if or when the next one will occur?
The last time Moore had a solo show was in 1893, a few months after he died. Reviews from the time show critics were impressed with the work, but because of his progressive aesthetic position, the old guard Royal Academy power brokers made sure he was quickly forgotten.
Being that it was his birthplace and it is 340 km away from the Royal Academy, the city of York might have made more of a point of celebrating Moore prior to now. But at least it is now making an attempt to make up for the sleight. The city is seeking donations to raise £3.6m to acquire A Reverie, one of the paintings in the current show. Painted a year before the artist died, it is considered a masterpiece, and is currently owned by a London gallery. In addition to private donations, York has applied for public grants such as from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Too bad. Had they shown interest say, oh, 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even 20 years ago, they could have gotten a much better deal on the work.
Image caption: A painting by Albert Moore from the collection at York Art Gallery. Courtesy of York Art Gallery.