Santa Monica, CA – William Turner Gallery is pleased to present Moses@90, an expansive survey exhibition that will present Ed Moses’ innovation in painting and works on paper. The installation will occupy two venues: William Turner Gallery and the former Santa Monica Museum of Art building at Bergamot Station.
On the occasion of Moses’ 90th birthday, the exhibition will celebrate the varied and prolific career of this indelible Los Angeles art world fixture. A painter and “mutator,” whose allegiances have been to tireless experimentation rather than to the tenets of any one movement, Ed Moses has been honing a distinct visual vocabulary for over 60 years, obsessively mining the possibilities of abstraction. At 90, Moses continues his dogged search for the elusive metaphysical power of painting, creating works that are about the expression of temporality, process and presence, beyond the physical limitations of surface.
The exhibition will survey works spanning the entirety of Moses’ career, including a selection of never before seen paintings. Earliest examples include meticulous architecturally inspired drawings from the 1950s, the well-known patterned graphite drawings from the 1960s and 1970s, cross hatch and screen paintings, looser gestural paintings from the 1990s, and more recent works that include the craquelure and mirror paintings. The restless energy with which Moses has borrowed from pre-existing formal vocabularies and adapted their morphologies to make them his own, attest to the mutable nature of his vision. A self-described “mark maker,” his concerns exceed formal ones and slip easily into philosophical and anthropological spaces. He has described his own process as a shamanistic offering, a self-assertion and proof of existence left for posterity to the “tribe”; a primitive desire to leave one’s mark. Above all else, the work is about the process of making, and the fragile reconciliation of chaos and control it requires. In Moses’ own words: “The point is not to be in control, but to be in tune.”