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First Posthumous Exhibition Since Ed Moses’ Death, ‘Through The Looking Glass’ To Open At William Turner Gallery

Posted Friday, December 28, 2018 – 6:32 pm

By Laura Coleman

There are few Los Angeles artists that have received quite so much renown as Ed Moses. Until he died earlier this year at the age of 91, Moses continued to infuse his unflappable passion into his expand- ing oeuvre, obsessively mining the possibilities of abstract painting just as he had done for over 60 years.

On Jan. 26, William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica is poised to open the first exhibition since the artist’s passing, “Ed Moses: Through the Looking Glass.” The upcoming curated exhibition, which presents a selection of works produced over the last five years of Moses’s life, will remain on view through March 30.

The title of the exhibition draws from Lewis Caroll, who writes of art as a portal to unknown, magical realms. Among the new bodies of work included in the upcoming exhibition are recent iterations of Moses’s dynamic grid paintings.

Known for his restless intensity and ever-evolving style, Moses was considered a central figure in the city’s art scene since first gracing the walls of L.A.’s legendary Ferus Gallery in 1958.

“My thought is that the artist functions in a tribal context, that he is the shaman,” Moses said before his passing. “The shamans were the interpreters of the unknown.”

The community is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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