Ed Moses [American, 1926-2018]
Untitled, 1972
rhoplex and acrylic on laminated tissue
77 x 87 inches
195.6 x 221 cm
(Inv# AB11740)

Ed Moses was born on April 9, 1926 in Long Beach, California. After serving as a surgical technician during World War II, Moses intended to become a doctor. He enrolled in Long Beach City College’s pre-med program, but dropped out, citing his inability to memorize the curriculum. On a whim, he took a life-changing class with artist Pedro Miller, who recognized the spark of untapped talent. Moses changed course and enrolled in UCLA’s MFA program. There he met artist Craig Kauffman who introduced him to the future Ferus Gallery owner Walter Hopps.

Moses had his first exhibition at Ferus Gallery in 1958 while still a graduate student at UCLA. It was at Ferus that Moses would become a member of the raucous group of artists known as the “Cool School”; a group that included Kauffman, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, Edward Kienholz, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha, Larry Bell, John Altoon and Wallace Berman—all of whom pushed the boundaries of Post-War art and shaped the nascent LA art scene at a time when almost none existed. 

A Buddhist practitioner since 1978, Moses worked in the moment, embracing and responding to elements of chance and circumstance. Endlessly intrigued with the metaphysical power of painting, he created works that embraced temporality, process and presence, remarking that “the point is not to be in control, but to be in tune.”

Ed Moses obsessively mined the possibilities of abstract painting for over 60 years, leaving an indelible mark on the contemporary art world. He was extraordinarily productive; even in his 90s he showed little signs of slowing down, painting daily as he had done for decades outdoors in his Venice studio.

His first museum shows were in 1976: a drawings show of works from 1958-1970s at the Wight Gallery at UCLA, and a show of new abstract and cubist red paintings at LACMA curated by Stephanie Barron, marking a transitional moment in his career. While drawing was prominent in his work in the 1960s and early 70s, by the mid-70s, Moses turned primarily to painting.  He was the subject of a major retrospective at MOCA Los Angeles in 1996, and in 2014 he showed at University of California Irvine where he had taught in the 70s. On the occasion of his 2015 LACMA exhibition of drawings from the 1960s and 70s organized by Leslie Jones, Director Michael Govan commented “Ed Moses has been central to the history of art making in Los Angeles for more than half a century." That exhibition included more than 40 drawings promised to the museum by the artist.

Moses’s work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.

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April 30 - June 16, 2018
Albertz Benda, New York, NY
Ed Moses
March 8 - 11, 2018
Piers 92 & 94, New York
Ed Moses & Christopher Le Brun, curated by Barbara Rose
April 6 - 9, 2017
Dallas, TX
Ed Moses, Thomas Fougeirol, & Tess Jaray
November 30 - December 4, 2016
Booth B47
September 8 - October 15, 2016
Albertz Benda, New York, NY
Miami Beach
December 2 - December 6, 2015
Booth B34
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March 5, 2018
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April 7, 2017
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April 5, 2017
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April 4, 2017
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Sotheby's Magazine
April 2017
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October 13, 2016
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October 9, 2016
Ed Moses: Gracefully Mutating
Whitehot Magazine
October 10, 2015
Ed Moses: Painting as Process
Studio International
September 25, 2016
Wonder Woman, a Painter's Painter and a Self-Made Artist
The Wall Street Journal
September 24-25, 2016
Critics' Pick: Ed Moses
September 2016
Ed Moses: A Mark Saying I Was Here
September 14, 2016
Linear Thinking
The New York Times
September 11, 2016
This Fall, Stripes Are In (at New York Galleries, at Least)
The New York Times Style Magazine
September 6, 2016
Like a Fish Flopping on the Ground: A Q&A with Ed Moses
September 8, 2016
A Belated Homecoming
Modern Luxury Manhattan
September 2016
Art on ‘an Endless Path’
The Argonaut Online
April 27, 2016
At 90, abstract painter and ‘retired playboy’ Ed Moses has new works to show
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2016
9 Things Ed Moses Would Want Us to Know for His 90th Birthday
artnet news
April 9, 2016
A Rowdy Roundtable Discussion With Three L.A. Art Legends
The New York Times Style Magazine
April 6, 2016
Untitled, Art, Miami Beach
December 11, 2015
Highlights from Untitled Miami 2015
Blouin Art Info
December 2, 2015
Beer with a Painter, LA Edition: Ed Moses
July 25, 2015
Past is Prologue
Argonaut Online
June 3, 2015
Ed Moses Says He Doesn't Make 'Art' - He Makes 'Magic'
89.3 KPPC
May 29, 2015
Ed Moses: I Mark Therefore I Am
The Guardian
May 26, 2015
On Abstraction, Ed Moses and the Need to Explain
Huffington Post
November 4, 2014
Driven to Abstraction
Robb Report
October 1, 2014