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.
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