Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s
Ed Moses has been a significant figure in contemporary art in Los Angeles since his first solo exhibition at Ferus Gallery in 1958. Since the very beginning, drawing has been central to Moses’s practice. From his large, all-over graphite drawings of roses from the 1960s to his signature diagonal grids of the 1970s and beyond, Moses’s work has always been grounded in graphic experimentation.
The first museum presentation of the artist’s drawings since 1976, Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s is comprised of approximately 100 works from LACMA’s collection, the artist’s own holdings, and those of other museums and private collections.
Complementing Ed Moses is Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s, which features drawings from LACMA’s collection by other Los Angeles–based artists.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is made possible through the generous support of Violet Spitzer-Lucas and the Spitzer Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Dr. and Mrs. Ken Tokita.
All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman, with generous annual funding from Janet Chann and Michael Irwin in memory of George Chann, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, and Lenore and Richard Wayne.
Image: Detail from Ed Moses, Rose Screen, 1963. Graphite and acrylic on paper. LACMA, Museum Acquisition Fund, M.85.127. © Ed Moses.
Recently, artist Tam Van Tran visited LACMA to see our show, Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s. Inspired by Moses, and as part of our Artists Respond series, Tran created a work of his own...
Viewed from afar, this screen, made up of four painted wood panels framed with silver borders, appears to feature a large, gray graphic with floral white cutouts. Upon closer inspection, however, the large, dark mass that fills up most of this screen are made up of thousands of vertical, dark etches that mindfully elude the floral elements dotting the canvas...