Magazine article Art Monthly

No Go for Old Flo

Magazine article Art Monthly

No Go for Old Flo

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Old Flo, also known as Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman, 1957-58, is to remain in exile at Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the time being. While Tower Hamlets Council has been facing protests over its proposed sale of the sculpture (Artnotes AM362), the council has now been challenged to prove that it is even the rightful owner of the work. When the Art Fund looked into historical documentation tracing the ownership of the sculpture, the changing structures of London's local government ensured that clarifying the issue of ownership was not straightforward at all.

London County Council originally purchased the work from Moore in 1962 for siting at Stepney Green. The following year, the LCC was replaced by the Greater London Council and Stepney was incorporated into the new Tower Hamlets Council, but the transfer of local land and buildings to Tower Hamlets did not include a specific transfer of ownership of the sculpture, hence - the Art Fund argues - the artwork remained in possession of the GLC until it too was abolished in 1985. …

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