Ed Moses (artist)
April 9, 1926|
Long Beach, California, U.S.
January 17, 2018 (aged 91)|
Venice, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
Avilda Peters (m. 1959)
Ed Moses (April 9, 1926 – January 17, 2018) was an American artist based in Los Angeles and an innovative and central figure of postwar West Coast art.
Moses exhibited at the Ferus Gallery in 1957 along with other prominent artists, becoming widely known over the next five decades.
Moses was born to Olivia Branco Alphosus Lemuel Moses on a ship travelling from Hawaii to San diego on April 9, 1926. The youngest of 3 children, Moses' brother George had died before he was born. When he was 10, his older brother Johnny (age 14) died as a result of a defective heart valve.
When he was not accepted into medical school, he enrolled in art classes with Pedro Miller, a graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1949, Moses left Long Beach City College, transferring to UCLA and subsequently the University of Oregon. He left school, worked odd jobs before re-enrolling at UCLA in 1953, where he became friends with Craig Kauffman and Walter Hopps. To complete his master's degree, Moses held his graduate show at the Ferus Gallery, rather than on his college campus.
Moses died at his home in Venice, California, at the age of 91.
Moses joined the art faculty in 1968 at the new University of California campus at Irvine. In 1980, Moses received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Moses began working with Peter Goulds at L.A. Louver. He remained with Goulds for the next 15 years.
In 1996, Moses' paintings were documented in a major retrospective exhibition at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Los Angeles.
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- Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
- Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
- Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
- Butler Art Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
- Cincinnati Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
- Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
- Dartmouth College Gallery, Hanover, NH
- Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
- CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, CO
- Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
- Irvine Collection, Irvine, CA
- Janss Foundation, Thousand Oaks, CA
- Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
- Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
- Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
- Menil Foundation, Rice University Art Gallery Houston, TX
- Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Musee national d'art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
- Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
- National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
- Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
- New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
- Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
- Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
- Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
- Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
- Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
- Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
- Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
- The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
- Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
- Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
- 1996 – Honorary Ph.D., Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
- 1993 – Long Beach City College Hall of Fame Inductee
- 1980 – Guggenheim Fellowship
- 1976 – National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant
- 1968 – Tamarind Lithography Workshop Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
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- "Ed Moses". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
- Marmer, Nancy (November 1976). "Ed Moses' Absolutist Abstractions". Art in America. Vol. 64. pp. 94–95. ISSN 0004-3214.
- Yau, John (1996). Ed Moses: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings, 1951-1996. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0914357421.
- Haskell, Barbara; Moses, Ed (2009). Ed Moses. Foreword by Frances Colpitt. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Radius Books. ISBN 978-1934435168.
- Hertz, Richard (2009). The Beat and the Buzz: Inside the L.A. Art World. Ojai, California: Minneola Press. ISBN 978-0964016569.
- Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter (2011). Rebels In Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 978-0805088366.