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Diana Moore, Full Figure No. II (Athlete), 1995, carbon steel, aluminum, 73 × 22 × 16". Photo: Allan Stone Projects

Diana Moore

Allan Stone Projects

Diana Moore’s eleven-foot-tall Head of Justice, 1991, commands a plaza in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building & Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. And the artist’s stainless-steel statue of Figure of Justice, 1998, at nine and a half feet tall, towers over the foyer of another courthouse in Concord, New Hampshire. Working as a figurative sculptor since the late 1960s, Moore gained prominence with these and other 1990s commissions by the US General Services Administration—they are touchstones of her practice. Intended to stand as universal figures, the monuments nonetheless bring an unexpected sense of originality, even agency, to these allegorical personifications. Lady Justice, for example, is shown blindfolding herself. Moore’s art, like this female symbol of right and reason, demands the respect that ample space provides.

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