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Ed Moses

Mizuno Gallery

The problem of constructing an environment in more traditional formalist terms (that is, letting it look like “art”—drawing, painting, sculpture), without the conveniences of architectural purity or storekeeper allusionism, is a hard row to hoe and (if that’s what he’s about), Ed Moses has succeeded nicely. Moses is an underrated artist, admired most by a group of his more publicized peers: he’s stuck to an uncompromised pictorialism, physical austerity, and a persistent reverence for the soul of Abstract Expressionism, while everyone else has gone their own mirror-finish way. (Moses was perfunctorily represented in the PAM’s opening “West Coast” show, but his work, a drawing, was typically ambivalently displayed; Moses will appear in the index, but not on the cover.) The work at Mizuno is an alteration of the gallery itself utilizing both addition and subtraction. The inside ceiling is

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