Morphing Swallow

oil on canvas on featherboard
20 x 21 x 1-1/2 inches
Courtesy of 
Sperone Westwater and the Gesso Foundation, New York

"Mr. Moore saw both sides of most issues, knowing that the advances of  genetic engineering were keeping him alive yet deploring their effects on agriculture and human health. Linking his interest in AIDS and the environment, he once told an interviewer,  'You cannot have healthy people in an unhealthy environment, and you can't have a healthy environment where unhealthy -- greedy, exploitative -- people predominate.'"

Roberta Smith,
Frank Moore, Painter with Activism on his Palette..., New York Times, 2002
Frank Moore (1953-2002) was born in New York and grew up on Long Island and in the Adirondacks. From his earliest youth, he had a strong interest in nature and he became an avid gardener and naturalist. In addition to creating paintings, he designed sets and costumes and collaborated with several major choreographers and ballet companies. After his diagnosis with HIV, which he lived with for 17 years, his work increasingly grappled with issues of environmental degradation, bioethics, and the health care system. He became a noted AIDS activist, working with Visual AIDS on the launch of the Red Ribbon Project. His first solo show was at the Clocktower in Tribeca in 1983, and he had several one-man exhibitions at Sperone Westwater Gallery. He was included in the 1995 Whitney Biennial and he had a mid-career retrospective in 2002 at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. His work is represented in the collections of those museums, as well as in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and the New York Public Library. His 1985 film, Beehive, a collaboration with choreographer and dancer Jim Self, was a highlight of the recent East Village Show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

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