Frank Moore's rich, allegorical canvases respond to environmental and cultural issues, particularly the ravages of AIDS, to which he succumbed in 2002 at the age of 48 and at the height of his artistic powers. Whether depicting the deathbed of his partner Robert Fulps at the center of an arena populated by journalists, drug users shooting up, ACT UP protesters and the poet John Giorno instructing students in Buddhism, or painting Niagara Falls as a scene of sublime beauty with toxic chemical compounds rising in its mist, Moore always tackled his subjects from multiple angles as he exercised his fears and hopes through the craft of painting.
Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien took on an onslaught when they won the commission five years ago to design a new home in downtown Philadelphia for the renowned and beloved Barnes Foundation. Visiting the original mansion of the visionary collector Dr. Albert C. Barnes in the suburb of Merion was an intimate and singular experience for generations of viewers. After creating an educational foundation in 1922, he installed in the mansion dozens of major paintings by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Renoir alongside other modern and old masters, African art, ceramics, furniture, textiles, and ironwork. Many decried the legal petition in 2002 brought by the trustees of Barnes Foundation to amend the collector's provision that the "paintings shall remain in exactly the places they are at the time of the death of donor." Barnes died in 1951.
Two slide carousels, 80 slides each, approx. 9-minute loop. Courtesy Callicoon Fine Arts, New York.