As of yesterday, October 2, 2014, Mark Moore Gallery has been open for thirty years. Founded by Mark and Hilarie Moore in Long Beach (CA), the gallery has seen three decades’ worth of exhibitions, art fairs, special projects, and market changes.
Mark received his BA from the University of California, Irvine in 1981. As a graduate of UCI’s progressive art program, he has shared the aesthetic of the department and emphasized the work of contemporary artists working in the areas of post-modern, spiritualist, minimalist, or conceptual concerns. He currently still resides in Orange County, where he has lived since 1967.
The Moores initiated an active art education program which included free tours to studios and museums, lectures, and panel discussions and was a frequent guest lecturer to art institutions and support groups in Southern California. Mark also served on the steering committee for the Fine Arts Advisory Board at CSULB, Laguna Art Museum Collections, and Crystal Court/ South Coast Plaza. In 1988, the Moores’ first gallery space was selected by The Orange County Register as one of Southern California’s ten best galleries. In 1988, the gallery was also selected by the SLOOC and the Ministry of Culture of the Government of South Korea to represent the United States at the Olympics Art Festival during the Seoul Olympics – the only gallery so honored. In 1989, L.A. Artcore, a leading non-profit arts organization, selected Mr. Moore as its first recipient of the L.A. Artcore Award of Merit in the Arts (an award given to L.A. Councilman Joel Wachs in 1990 and the late Marcia Weissman in 1991).
The gallery relocated to Los Angeles in 1994 in order to focus on the international secondary market of major works and important emerging artists. Shortly thereafter, it was selected by the Art Market Guide as one of the “Top 35 Galleries in America” in 1998. The gallery has participated in the most important of the major international fairs, including: the Art Chicago International Art Fair, Art Cologne, Gramercy International Art Fair, PULSE Art Fairs (Miami, London, and New York), NADA Art Fair Miami, Scope Art Fair (Miami, Los Angeles, and New York), the Armory International Art Fair in New York (from its inception until 2002), and currently, the Dallas Art Fair, Moving Image Video Art Fair, and Miami Project.
One of the most notable achievements of the Mark Moore Gallery was the orchestration and organization of the monumental 1998 sculpture exhibition of works by Mark Di Suvero. The public exhibition was produced in concert with the Orange County Museum of Art and shown in Town Center Park in Costa Mesa (CA) for a duration of nine months. This was the largest exhibition of outdoor sculpture by Mark Di Suvero in the United States in nearly twenty-five years and was the most prestigious and encompassing display of his work in California. The only comparable shows of this scale were both in Europe (the 1995 Venice Biennale and a Parisian solo show in 1987), up until the current SFMoMA-sponsored display in Chrissy Field (San Francisco, CA).
The Mark Moore Gallery also pioneered the development of contemporary art market in Korea over the last 25 years, producing inaugural Korean exhibitions for artists such as Ed Ruscha, Christopher Wool, Gunter Forg, Vernon Fisher, Lucas Samaras, Joel Shapiro, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, John McCracken, Sol Lewitt, Jannis Kounellis, Richard Artschwager, and Gerhard Richter. In addition, the gallery has done extensive work in the secondary market, mounting exhibitions in Seoul featuring Agnes Martin, Sigmar Polke, Bruce Nauman, Cy Twombly, early Frank Stella paintings, Robert Ryman, Robert Therrien, Ad Reinhardt, Jasper Johns, David Smith, Robert Mangold, Roy Lichtenstein, Anselm Keifer, Robert Irwin, Sean Scully, and Terry Winters. The organization of exhibitions and the building of major private and public global collections has become a major function of the Mark Moore Gallery.
The Mark Moore Gallery has always focused on the development of emerging artists and has gained a solid international reputation as one of the premier sites for new talent. Over the last thirty years, the Mark Moore Gallery has included or debuted the work of numerous young artists in the early stages of their careers – many of whom have later gone on to tremendous international success. The Mark Moore Gallery currently represents twenty-nine emerging and mid-career artists.
He and his wife head the Mark and Hilarie Moore Family Trust, and are active in supporting the arts in Southern California. They continue to be major donors of contemporary art to a number of national museums. He and his wife are also aid a number of local charities that support the education in the arts, resources for the homeless, services for abused children, veteran’s healthcare, and the continuing the fight against AIDS. They have two children, Catlin (who is currently the Director of Mark Moore Gallery) and Devin, and have been married for 30 years as of December, 2014.
We congratulate Mark and Hilarie on this incredible anniversary and accomplishment, and certainly wish to see another thirty years in their gallery’s future.