Henry Moore and Gerald Cramer: 25 Years of Art and Friendship, Sims Reed Gallery, The Economist Building, 30 Bury Street, London SW1, until 16th December 2014
This really is a very special exhibition not just because none of the one hundred or so prints have previously been seen in public or put on the market but because they come from the estate of the noted print publisher and dealer Gerald Cramer.
Cramer’s gallery was based in Geneva and in 1961 he asked Moore whether it would be possible to have a drawing to include in the gallery’s annual catalogue. This was the beginning of a friendship which would see Moore become seriously interested and involved in printmaking. It was a great partnership and in this show is Cramer’s own copy of each print that he and Moore worked on and each one is personally inscribed by the artist.
Cramer was responsible for the catalogue raisonné of Moore’s graphic work which was published between 1973 and 1980.