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Kenworth Moffett

Kenworth Moffett (1934–2016)

The art historian and curator Kenworth Moffett has died. He was born in East Orange, New Jersey, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1960 and a doctorate in art history from Harvard University in 1968. He became a professor of art history at Wellesley College, where he taught from 1969 to 1978, and specialized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and art criticism with a focus on Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. He was the first curator of modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1971 to 1984. After leaving the museum, he spent five years as an art advisor for collectors interested in Impressionist, early modern, and contemporary art before serving as the director of the Fort Lauderdale Museum from 1989 to 1997. He also helped to found the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in 1998.

Over the course of his career, he organized or supervised more than a hundred exhibitions, including cocurating the first large exhibition of American art to tour China, and authored monographs on Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Fairfield Porter, and Odd Nerdrum, in addition to the book New New Painting, which he coauthored with the Belgian critic Marcel Paquet.

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