Born in New York City, Frank Moore (1953-2002) grew up on Long Island and spent his childhood summers in the Adirondacks with his family, instilling a strong interest in the natural world from an early age. He received a BFA in art and psychology from Yale University (1975). After spending a year in Paris at the Cité des Arts (1977-78), he returned to Manhattan where he collaborated on theater, dance and film productions, in addition to continuing his art practice. After his diagnosis with HIV in 1987, his work increasingly grappled with issues around AIDS, environmental degradation, bioethics, homosexuality and health care. His first solo exhibition was at the Clocktower in Tribeca (1983), followed by solo shows at galleries and institutions in New York, France and Rome. His work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally, including the 1995 Whitney Biennial, MoMA P.S. 1, New York, The Drawing Center, New York, Artists Space, New York, Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, and museums in London and Japan. In 2002, the Orlando Museum of Art organized a survey that traveled to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2002-03). In 2012, New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library mounted “Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore,” a career spanning retrospective. Moore’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin; Grey Art Gallery at New York University; Orlando Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; New York Public Library; Yale University Art Gallery; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Sperone Westwater presented solo exhibitions of Moore’s work in 1993, 1998 and 2003.
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