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Ed Moses at Soka University

Ed Moses, Chuck, 2006

Soka University of America’s Founders Gallery features a selection of paintings by Ed Moses (1926-2018), one of the West Coast’s most prolific, energetic, and revered contemporary painters. The exhibit, entitled Emptiness is Form, runs though Friday, January 12, 2024. 

A catalyst for the mid-century burgeoning of the Los Angeles art scene, Moses was part of the original “Cool School” of artists in the 1950s and 60s, who formed around the ground-breaking Ferus Gallery. Forging a style that combined Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism with a distinctive west coast flair, Moses is known for his decades-long experimentation with process and materials, as well as his uncompromising independence. During the 1980s his work became more spare and, partly in response to his absorption in Buddhism, focused on balancing positive and negative space, emptiness and form. Throughout his long career he taught generations of students, traveled, and exhibited widely, receiving prominent solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2015, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1996. He continued to create new forms until the end of his life, debuting his popular craquelure paintings in his 90s.

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