SAYING GOODBYE TO ED MOSES
I had the pleasure of meeting Ed Moses last year at the Steve Turner Gallery. He seemed full of life. Now that I have heard of his passing I am deeply saddened. The "Cool School" star made waves with his abstract wonders. His work was hot and to this day remains just as cutting edge.
In Playa Del Rey, a recent pop-up gallery featured some of Ed's most recent works. The gallery was make shift but the spirit was alive. Now that Moses has moved on to the great beyond I see that gallery as something totally different. An almost transient space for the spirit of Ed and his love and talent for art. Art Collector World launched a thorough article about the Cool School, last year so this is especially poignant for us.
Ed Moses touched lives. He lived down the block from me in Venice Beach where he use to love to paint outside. This was why he chose LA as a place to make it as an artist, not NYC, where most emerging painters would seek their fortune. He stayed right here in LA where he hit the big time with the Ferus Gallery making international waves that still echo today.
We described Ed as a chameleon in that article about Ferus and the Cool School. He was always changing and altering his style but always remained mostly abstract. The abstraction was key to Moses calling card. He definitely had the whole abstract expressionist thing as similar to Pollock and the New York School. What set Moses and the Ferus gang apart was they had a different purpose. That sense of car and surf culture is still present in Ed's abstraction. Moses never stopped painting up until his passing just like Cezanne who refused to die. The romantic gesture of an artist, to live and die for his art.
BY JIM KAPSALIS ©
Source: COOL SCHOOL DOCUMENTARY, PRIMARY SOURCES ETC
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