Installation view of Carrie Moyer in Three Graces: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher and Carrie Moyer
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
September 25, 2015 - January 3, 2016

2017 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial

Photograph by Matthew Carasella

Courtesy the Whitney Museum of American Art


Carrie Moyer’s sumptuous paintings on canvas explore and extend the legacy of American Abstraction while paying homage to many of its seminal female figures among them Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Murray, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Rife with visual precedents, Moyer’s compositions reference Color Field, Pop Art and 1970s Feminist art - while proposing a new approach to fusing history, research and experimentation in painting. In addition Moyer’s work, influenced by a background in design and queer activism, intricately weaves together concept, research, and lived experience with a range of stylistic and physical references. With their evocative, bodily forms, transparent veils of aqueous color and flat surfaces, Moyer’s paintings forge distinct traces of 20th century art — Surrealism, Color Field painting, Pop and 1970s Feminist art — into a contemporary vision uniquely her own. The subject of two recent museum exhibitions, Moyer is recognized as one of the most distinctive, powerful, and thoughtful painters of her generation.

Moyer’s work has been exhibited widely in both the United States and Europe. Moyer will be included in the upcoming exhibition Inherent Structure (May 19 – August 12, 2018) at The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH. Her paintings were recently featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial Exhibition (March 17-June 12, 2018). DC Moore Gallery has presented two solo exhibitions of Moyer’s work Rapture Pagan’s (February 8 – March 22, 2018) and Sirens (February 18 – March 26, 2016). Previous museum shows including, Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny, that originated at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY and traveled to SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, and the Columbus College of Art and Design, OH (2013); and Interstellar, at the Worcester Art Museum, MA (2012). Group exhibitions as well, Three Graces: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher, and Carrie Moyer, at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; and Agitpop!, at the Brooklyn Museum, NY, all in 2015.

Moyer earned a BFA from Pratt Institute (1985), an MA in Computer Graphics from New York Institute of Technology (1990) and an MFA from Bard College (2000). She is a Professor in the Art and Art History Department and Director of the Graduate Program at Hunter College and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.



Carrie Moyer in Conversation with Michael Goodson, Senior Curator at Wexner Center for the Arts

March 9th, 2018

Carrie Moyer Discussing Pagan's Rapture

March 16, 2016

Carrie Moyer in conversation with Johanna Fateman and Kay Turner at DC Moore Gallery.

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