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Frank Moore: Green Thumb in a Dark Eden

Saturday, February 1–Sunday, April 20, 2003

Frank Moore, Niagara, 1994-95.

Frank Moore’s paintings tell stories. They also deal with real life issues. They can be humorous on the one hand, serious and unsettling on the other. In them, fantasy and reality commingle. Moore’s paintings, which range in size from monumental to intimate, combine personal confession with social activism. It is entirely appropriate that the Albright-Knox Art Gallery hosted this exhibition given the artist's strong family ties to Buffalo. The “Niagara Falls” series, well represented in the exhibition, is rooted in Moore's childhood memories - the sense of wonder and beauty that he experienced at the Falls. Niagara, a stellar work in the Gallery’s permanent collection, not only reflects this youthful sense of wonder, but the artist's concern and preoccupation with environmental and healthcare activism, what he describes as “an ecology of health.”

Organized by the Orlando Museum of Art, Florida. The exhibition was organized at the Gallery by Curator Douglas Dreishpoon.