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Frank Moore

Curated by Hilton Als at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York, this exhibition of work by the late artist and AIDS activist Frank Moore (1953–2002) will open on September 14, 2021. The show will provide an overview of Moore’s practice from the 1980s through the late 1990s.

Moore produced scenographic compositions informed by his studies in painting and psychology as well as his time working in experimental film, theater, and performance. Using a variety of unorthodox brushes, brilliant pigments, and elaborately constructed supports, he conceived of painting as “an intensely sensual activity” that occupied both a limitless and bounded space: “When a painting is activated, my universe seems to cease at the framing edge.”1 His canvases embody the intentions of an artist committed not only to materiality but also to world-building. With Boschian attention to detail, he presented rich allegories of contemporary queer life that also echoed his interests in biology, ecology, and sexual politics. After being diagnosed positive for HIV in 1987, Moore embarked on an impassioned study of the then unknown condition that killed his partner in 1991; his work belies a polymathic desire to understand and narrativize the tragedy revealed by the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic.

A detail from a work by Frank Moore, titled Everything I Own II, dated 1993.

Frank Moore, Everything I Own II, 1993 (detail)

Frank Moore, Everything I Own II, 1993 (detail)

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