May 22, 2016


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Lot 89: Ed Moses

Lot 89: Ed Moses


Oil, acrylic, and shellac on canvas
Signed, titled, and dated on overlap verso; retains LA Louver Gallery label on canvas stretcher verso
Canvas: 60" x 48; Frame: 61.5" x 49.5"
Together with copy of invoice from LA Louver Gallery
LAMA would like to thank the artist for his assistance in cataloguing this work
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $20,000
Inventory Id: 22088

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Ed Moses (b. 1926) has been a major figure in the Los Angeles art world for nearly sixty years. Along with Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Kienholz, Craig Kauffman, and others, Moses was a member of the group of artists known as the Cool School, whose exhibitions at the legendary Ferus Gallery in the late 1950s and early '60s virtually created the Los Angeles art scene.

Experimentation is the keynote of Moses's artistic career. Early on, he was drawn to abstract expressionism, but in the decades since he has explored semi-figurative paintings, patterns, color field techniques, geometric abstraction, and other devices. Moses describes his art as that of discovery, and his enduring concerns have been for the materials, surfaces, and process of art-making.

The untitled graphite and gouache on paper construction in this auction is part of a series inspired by Swedish pop-up greeting cards. The work stems from early in the artist's career, a period Moses spent working in abstracted floral forms. "I never know when that moment will happen when I realize that I have something special," Moses has said. "But when it does, it can come at me with such surprise—that is a beautiful thing."

Yau, John. Ed Moses: A Retrospective of the Paintings and Drawings, 1951-1996. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1996. Print.