Ed Moses (1926 - 2018, Long Beach, US) was a restless painter whose vast and diverse oeuvre expanded the language of abstraction for over 50 years. First exhibiting at the LA’s legendary Ferus Gallery in 1958, Moses was among a group of extraordinary artists who went on to define the West Coast art scene. Calling himself a ‘mutator’, Moses practiced a process-based abstraction that was in part informed by Buddhism, and in part by what he described as his daily, necessary habit of painting.

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Ed Moses At His Home Studio In Venice Photo Jim Newberry Blainsouthern
Photo: Jim Newberry

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Blain|Southern London
First, look at the paintings. Then we’ll shoot the shit.

First, look at the paintings. Then we’ll shoot the shit.

5 October – 12 November 2016

Blain|Southern London
Playground Structure

Playground Structure

1 August – 16 September 2017

BIOGRAPHY

From diagonal grids to swathes of saturated pigment, from austere monochromes to paintings of luscious vibrancy, Moses produced a body of work that has extended our very understanding of what painterly abstraction can achieve. Moses painted tirelessly in his unique Venice, California studio, which accommodated fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces. Asked about the relationship between life and art, his simple response was, ‘Well, it’s all the same, isn’t it?’

In 2015, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of his drawings from the 1960s and 70s. He was the subject of a major retrospective at MOCA Los Angeles in 1996, and in 2014, was featured in a retrospective at The University of California Irvine, Cross-Section. His works are in many prominent museum collections, including Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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1926 - 2018 Born in Long Beach, California, US
Lived and worked in Venice, California, US

EDUCATION

1955
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, US

1958
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, US

1980
Received Guggenheim Fellowship. Travelled in Japan

1981-82
Lived in New York. Travelled in France and Canada

1983
Taught at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, US

1995
Received Honorary Doctorate Degree, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, US


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Last Grids, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Ed Moses: Diamond Jim, Albertz Benda, New York, US

2016
‘FIRST, LOOK AT THE PAINTINGS. THEN WE’LL SHOOT THE SHIT.’, Blain|Southern London, UK
Moses@90, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, US
LA-SAN FRANCISCO, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
ED MOSES: PAINTING AS PROCESS, Albertz Benda, New York, US

2015
Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 1970s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, US

2014
Ed Moses: Cross-Section, University Art Gallery, UC Irvine, US
The Language of Paint: Selected Works, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, US
Ed Moses, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, US

2013
Yesterday's Tomorrow, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Green/Bronze, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, US
A Stone Mirror Reversed, Leslie Sacks Contemporary, Santa Monica, US
Ed Moses, galleri s.e, Bergen, NO

2012
New Works: The Crackle Paintings, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, US
Ed Moses: Notions, Mark Borghi Fine Art, Bridgehampton, US
Garden of Forking Tongues (BifurUSted), Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2011
Shatterheads and Gwynn, Ernie Wolfe Gallery, Los Angeles, US
ASAP & Friends, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, US
lite, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, US
Through the Looking Glass with Ed Moses, Art link, Seoul, KR

2010
wic wack, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Airborne, Brian Gross Fine Art at One Post Street, San Francisco, US
Ed Moses, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, US

2009
Ed Moses: Mutator, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, US
Ed Moses, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, US

2008
Owlbo, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Ed Moses: New Works, Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie AG, Zurich, CH
Ed Moses: Paintings, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, US

2007
Mapiko: musings from A-Far, Ernie Wolfe Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Ed Moses: Primal and Primary Painting 1975, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, US
Past Here and Now Part 1 & 2, Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, US
Ed Moses Paintings, Frank Lloyd & Bobbie Greenfield Galleries, Santa Monica, US

2006
New Paintings, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Tapestries, Brian Gross Fine Art at One Post, San Francisco, US
Ed Moses: New Works, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK
Ed Moses: Tapestries and Paintings, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, US
Ed Moses: The Dune Series, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, US
Monochrome Paintings 1975-1976, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2005
The Jabberwock, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, US

2004
New Paintings, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Cross-Cut, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, US

2003
Criss-Cross, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, US
Ed Moses, L A Louver Gallery, Venice, US
DoubleVision, DoubleVision Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Cobra, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, US

2002
Broken Roja, Klein Artworks, Chicago, US
Recent Paintings, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Recent Paintings, Crocker Plaza, San Francisco, US

2001
Ed Moses, L. A. Louver, Los Angeles, US

2000
New Work, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Ed Moses, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, US
Ed Moses, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, US
Ed Moses, Nicole Klagsburn, New York, US

1999
Vision-Usher Series, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
Vision-UStcher, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1998
Primal Strategies, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US
L.A. Louver, Venice, US
Ed Moses, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, US
Ed Moses, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, US
Ed Moses, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, US
Ed Moses, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, US
New Paintings and Works on Paper, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, US

1997
Up Against the Wall, L.A. Louver, Venice, US
Elpoep Ebolg, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1996
At 70 from the 70's, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, US.
A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings, 1951-1996, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US

1995
Paint, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1994
Recent Paintings, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1993
Drawings, Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1992
Apparitions and What; Works on Paper, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1991
Ed Moses, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1990
Ed Moses: Prints, Santa Monica Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, US

1989
Gallery Kukje, Seoul, KR
Gallery Georges Lavrov, Paris, FR
Ed Moses: Recent Paintings, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1988
Ed Moses, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1986
Ed Moses, Gilbert Brownstone and Cie, Paris, FR

1985
Ed Moses, L.A. Louver, Venice, US

1984
Ed Moses, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1982
Ed Moses, Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1981
Ed Moses, James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1980
Ed Moses, Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Ed Moses, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, US

1979
Ed Moses, Texas Gallery, Houston, US
Ed Moses, James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1978
Ed Moses, Margot Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Ed Moses, Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, US

1977
Ed Moses, Daniel Weinberg Gallery. San Francisco, US

1976
Ed Moses, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
Ed Moses, Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1975
Ed Moses, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York,US

1974
Ed Moses, Art in Progress Gallery, Munich, Germany
Ed Moses, Hansen - Fuller Gallery, San Francisco,US
Ed Moses, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York,US

1973
Ed Moses, Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Ed Moses, Art in Progress Gallery, Zurich, CH

1972
Ed Moses, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York, US
Ed Moses, Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1971
Ed Moses, Hansen - Fuller Gallery, San Francisco,US
Ed Moses, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York, US

1970
Ed Moses, Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1965
Ed Moses, Alan Gallery, New York, US

1964
Ed Moses, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1961
Ed Moses, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1960
Ed Moses, Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, US

1958
Ed Moses, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Ed Moses, Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, US


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US

2017
Playground Structure, Blain|Southern, London, UK
California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, & Ed Ruscha, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, US

2016
Painting After Postmodernism | Belgium – USA, Cinéma Galeries | Vanderborght, Brussels, BE

2010
Gesture, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US

2008
Thinking about Walter Hopps, Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles, US
California in New York, Hubert Gallery, New York, US

2007
New Year in Black and White, i-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Paintings, Galleri S.E., Bergen, NO
Sensuality in the Abstract, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, US

2006
Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Ed Moses, Kenneth Noland, Galleri S.E., Bergen, NO
Ed Moses, Craig Kauffman, Larry Bell: Drawings, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, US
LA: The Four, Galerie Dominique Flat, Paris, FR

2005
Pink, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, US
Conversations, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, US
West!: Frank Gehry and the artists of Venice Beach, 1962-1978, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, US

2004
Paper, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, US

2003
Recent Works by Marco Casentini, Teo González & Ed Moses, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco;
L.A. Louver, Venice, US

2002
Growing up in L.A., Davis/Keil, Naples, US

2001
Abstraction: Ed Moses and Rana Rochat, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, US
Out of L.A.; 6 California Artists, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK

1999
Made in America; Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture from the Norton Simon Museum, Norton Simon Museum and Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, US

1997
A Thought Intercepted, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, US

1995
Color Painting, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, US

1993
Art in Los Angeles: Eight Artists in the Sixties, Asher Faure, Los Angeles, US
Elegant, irreverent and obsessive: Drawing in Southern California, Main Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, US

1992
Choice Encounters, The Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, US
American Drawings Since 1960, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US

1991
Moses, Richter, Scully, Louver Gallery New York, New York, US
Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

1990
Abstraction: John Altoon, Sam Francis, Craig Kauffman, John McLaughlin and Ed Moses, Nagoya City Art Museum; Museum of Modern Art, Shiga; Hara Museum ARC, JP

1988
Visions of Inner Space, Wright Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, IN

1986
New Acquisitions, National Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., US
International Invitation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US

1985
Sunrise and Shadow; Recent Paintings in Southern California, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, US

1984
First Newport Biennial 1984: Los Angeles Today, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, US
American / European: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, L.A. Louver, Venice, US
The Folding Image, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., US
The Dilexi Years 1958 - 1970, The Oakland Museum of Art, US

1983
The First Show - Inaugural Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Drawings by Painters, Oakland Museum, Oakland, US

1982
L.A. Art: Contemporary Paintings, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Exhibition of Contemporary L.A. Artists, Nagoya City Museum, JP
Exchange Between Artists, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, FR; Museum of Modern Art, Lodz, PO

1981
Abstraction in L.A., 1950-1980, Fine Arts Gallery, University of USlifornia, Irvine, US
Abstraction, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, US

1980
Southern California Artists, 1940-1980, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, US
Contemporary Paintings in California, High Museum, Atlanta, US

1979
A Painting Installation, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, US

1976
Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, US
Thirty Years of American Painting, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
The Last Time I Saw Ferus, 1957-66, Newport Harbour Museum, Newport Beach, US

1975
34 Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., US
Four From the East, Four From the West, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, US

1974
American Painting and Sculpture, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, US
Art Now 74., Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., US
Robert Arneson and Edward Moses, San Francisco Museum of Art, US

1973
The Wall Object, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, US

1972
Four Artists; Ruscha, Bengston, Alexander, and Moses, Akron Art Institute, Akron, US
Documenta 5, Kassel Documenta, Kassel, DE
West Coast U.S.A., Kunstverein, Hamberg; Hanover; Stuttgart, DE
Kölnischer Kunstwerein, Wurtt, DE

1971
32nd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., US
Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses, Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1969
West Coast, 1945-1969, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, US

1968
The Late Fifties at Ferus, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US

1965
The Studs: Moses, Irwin, Price, Bengston, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1962
Annual, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, US
Fifty California Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, US

1954
Annual, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, US
Akron Art Institute of Art, Akron, US
Art Institute of ChiUSgo, ChiUSgo, US
Cincinnati Museum of Art, Cincinnati, US
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, US
Dartmouth College Gallery, Hanover, US
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, US
Gelco Collection, Minneapolis, US
Hereditary Disease Foundation, Los Angeles, US
Irvine Collection, Irvine, US
Janss Foundation, Thousand Oaks, US
Lannan Foundation, Chicago, US
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, US
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
Los Angeles Times Collection, Los Angeles, US
Menil Foundation, Rice Museum, Houston, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, US
Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, US
National Museum of AmeriUSn Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C, US
Neuberger Museum, Purchase, US
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, US
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, US
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, US
Pasadena Art Museum (Norton Simon Museum of Art), Pasadena, US
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US
Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, US
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, US
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, US
University of USlifornia, Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, US
University of Kansas, Lawrence, US
University of Miami, Miami, US
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US
Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collection, Los Angeles, US
Whitney Museum of AmeriUSn Art, New York, US
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, US

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