b. 1955, USA

Donald Moffett Biography

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Donald Moffett (b. 1955) lives and works in New York City. He is a founding member of the AIDS activist collective Gran Fury and formed the design studio Bureau with Marlene McCarty. Moffett has a multi-disciplinary practice and is known for his meticulous, yet non-traditional execution. From the unabashed commentary of the guerilla 1980’s era Ronald Reagan “He Kills Me” posters to the refined obsessive extruded oil paint panels, Moffett’s work is layered with social, political and sexual critique. He often treats the canvas as a surrogate for the body, creating orifices by cutting and flaying or perforating the surface. His recent investigations expand the confines of the picture plane and question the very foundations of painting and its relationship to the wall. Moffett’s work was included in the 2015 exhibition Greater New York at MoMA PS1 and America is Hard to See, the inaugural exhibition of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. He was the subject of a survey exhibition in 2011 organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston that traveled to the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Donald Moffett Featured Artworks

Lot 011018 (the strategic spore) by Donald Moffett contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Donald Moffett Lot 011018 (the strategic spore), 2019 Epoxy resin and acrylic with UV clear coat on wood panel support, steel
48.3 x 45.7 x 15.2 cm
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Lot 101020 (undulate white) by Donald Moffett contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Donald Moffett Lot 101020 (undulate white), 2020 Oil on linen, wood panel support, steel
38.7 x 22.9 x 16.5 cm
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Lot 042313 (second sacrifice) by Donald Moffett contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Donald Moffett Lot 042313 (second sacrifice), 2013 Acrylic and lacquer on cotton duck with cotton and aluminum zipper, wood strainer, galvanized nails
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Lot 071819 (night one) by Donald Moffett contemporary artwork sculpture
Donald Moffett Lot 071819 (night one), 2019 Epoxy resin, urethane paint, and UV clear coat on wood panel support, steel
151.8 x 133.7 x 16.5 cm
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Lot 062819 (nature cult, counterclockwise black) by Donald Moffett contemporary artwork sculpture
Donald Moffett Lot 062819 (nature cult, counterclockwise black), 2019 Pigmented epoxy resin, urethane paint, and UV clear coat on wood and urethane panel support, steel
122.6 x 120 x 19.1 cm
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Lot 020619 (nature cult, fertile blue) by Donald Moffett contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Donald Moffett Lot 020619 (nature cult, fertile blue), 2019 Pigmented epoxy resin and acrylic on wood panel support, steel
250.8 x 121.3 x 16.5 cm
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Lot 082007/20 (IOo, catabolic blue) by Donald Moffett contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Donald Moffett Lot 082007/20 (IOo, catabolic blue), 2007/2020 Oil, cotton, aluminum, rabbit skin size, poly vinyl acetate on linen
61 x 50.8 cm
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He Kills Me by Donald Moffett contemporary artwork print
Donald Moffett He Kills Me, 1987 Poster, offset lithograph
59.7 x 95.3 cm
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