Ed Moses

(1926-2018)
Lot 217
Ed Moses
Down-Broz #1
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $22,500
September 30, 2018
Lot 247
Ed Moses
Fol-Grid #2
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $34,375
June 10, 2018
Lot 248
Ed Moses
Grid-Ploaer #2
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $20,000
June 10, 2018
Lot 6
Ed Moses
Grid #7
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $21,250
May 21, 2017
Lot 7
Ed Moses
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 90
Ed Moses
OH
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Price Realized: $17,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 91
Ed Moses
A Gardner
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Price Realized: $12,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 127
Ed Moses
Vision Catcher #6
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $21,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 128
Ed Moses
Mug-Po
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $27,500
October 9, 2016
Lot 129
Ed Moses
Head Struc
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,375
October 9, 2016
Lot 130
Ed Moses
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
October 9, 2016
Lot 131
Ed Moses
Record #24
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 88
Ed Moses
Untitled
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $18,750
May 22, 2016
Lot 89
Ed Moses
Boca
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $20,000
May 22, 2016
Lot 90
Ed Moses
Ring-D-Whip
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $22,500
May 22, 2016
Lot 276
Ed Moses
Wedge #6
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,875
February 21, 2016
Lot 145
Ed Moses
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,250
October 11, 2015
Lot 146
Ed Moses
#2 WAC
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $34,375
October 11, 2015
Lot 23
Ed Moses
Cock Bak
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $11,250
May 17, 2015
Lot 28
Ed Moses
Untitled (2)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,125
March 1, 2015
Lot 216
Ed Moses
Tarantula Windows (3)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,250
October 12, 2014
Lot 229
Ed Moses
Untitled
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $7,187
February 23, 2014
Lot 270
Ed Moses
Avilda
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $22,500
October 13, 2013
Lot 56
Ed Moses
Tarantula Window
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $7,500
December 16, 2012
Lot 501
Ed Moses
Untitled (2)
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,500
October 7, 2012
Lot 109
Ed Moses
Tarantula Window
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,250
December 11, 2011
Lot 89
Ed Moses
Untitled
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $13,475
October 17, 2010
Lot 116
Ed Moses
Waft (3)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,470
December 6, 2009

About The Artist

 

Los Angeles painter Ed Moses is one of the most important West Coast artists associated with the Ferus Gallery and the “Cool School” group of artists of the fifties and sixties. His protean painting style—ranging from early investigations of Abstract Expressionism, to the grid paintings of the 1970s, to the more current “Crackle Paintings”—has contributed much to the region’s unique art history.

Moses was born on a boat sailing from Hawaii to Long Beach, the city in which he would spend most of his early life. After dropping out of high school in favor of the Naval Medical Corps and unsuccessfully pursuing the pre-med program at Long Beach City College, Moses eventually enrolled in art classes and received an MFA from UCLA. His involvement with Ferus Gallery began early on. Fellow classmate and painter Craig Kaufmann introduced Moses to Walter Hopps and Ed Keinholz, the proprietors of the new but influential gallery. Instead of holding his graduate exhibition of 1958 on campus as per usual, Moses mounted a solo show at Ferus Gallery, featuring Abstract Expressionist paintings in the manner of Arshile Gorky. 

In the 1970s, Moses began working with diagonal, perpendicular lines, such as in The Red One (1976), creating grid-like paintings that recalled a more painterly Mondrian. This work developed in the 1980s to include what the artist called “apparitions” and “cloud covers,” wherein thin, indeterminate areas of paint covered the canvas. In all categories and aesthetics of painting, Moses aims to explore the parameters and possibilities of color, structure, and technique. In 2012, Moses began working on what he terms “Crackle Paintings,” consisting of canvases layered in color which are then punched on the surface with Moses’ elbow or fist to create fissures and cracks. In the artist’s words: “The unpredictability is what I like to look at. I don’t like the terms art or artist. I like the idea of doing what I do in terms of exploration.”

In 1996, Moses’s career was honored in a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work is held in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.


“Ed Moses.” The Collection. Laguna Art Museum. Web. 12. Nov. 2014. Martinez, Alanna. “I Just Wait Until It Goes Pow!: Abstract Painter Ed Moses on His Methodical and Intuitive Process.” Modern Painters. Blouin ArtINFO. 30 Aug. 2012. Web. 12 Nov. 2014. Moses, Ed. Ed Moses: A Retrospective of the Paintings and Drawings, 1951-1996. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

 

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