Category Archives: Mark Moore Gallery

In Conversation: Artist Dirk Staschke sits down with Garth Clark, the Preeminent Scholar on Ceramic Art

Please find below a very insightful interview between MMFA Artist DIRK STASCHKE and Garth Clark, the Preeminent Scholar on Ceramic Art.

Dirk Staschke is best known for his exploration of Dutch Vanitas still life themes in the medium of ceramics. His current body of work explores the space in between sculpture and painting. His work often uses meticulous representation as foil for examining skill and craft. It is a real pleasure to introduce you to this work at this time.

Mark Moore Fine Art recently presented an exclusive ARTSY online Exhibition of the work of Dirk Staschke, which can be viewed now at:

“I make sculptures based on paintings in what is traditionally considered a craft medium. In this translation, the sculptural representation of still life painting creates abstract forms. The results are beautifully made objects that simultaneously expose the crude structures of their creation.The pieces are both a simple exploration of residual forms derived from representation and a question regarding the merits of an Art object.” – Dirk Staschke

Staschke received his BFA from the University of Montevallo followed by an MFA from Alfred University and has maintained an ongoing studio practice and extensive exhibition record for the last twenty years. During this time, he has taught at many notable universities, including Alfred University and New York University. His work has been shown internationally and resides in the permanent collections of several museums including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington (DC); Icheon Museum, World Ceramic Center (Gwango-dong) South Korea; Portland Art Museum (OR); Birmingham Museum of Art;  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston;. He has received various artist’s grants including grants from The Virginia Groot Foundation and the Canada Council on the Arts. He Currently resides in Portland Oregon where he is a full time studio artist.

For additional information please go to: 

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Final Days: AMY ELKINS “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” featured at the Athens Photo Festival


Four Years out of a Death Row Sentence (Forest), 2009-2016
Archival Pigment Print
20×30 (edition of 5), 30×45 (edition of 5) and 40×60 (edition of 5)
Collection of the High Musuem of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Benaki Museum Pireos Street Annexe, Athens Greece
Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to announce:
Black is the Day, Black is the Night
Featured as one of the main exhibitions in the Athens Photo Festival
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

June 6th to July 29th, 2018



Title: 13/32 (Not the Man I Once Was) / 24×20 inches / Edition 3/5 – portrait of a man thirteen years into his death row sentence where the ratio of years spent in prison to years alive determined the level of image loss.

In “Black is the Day, Black is the Night”, a project that spanned seven years from 2009-2016, Amy Elkins explores how the notion of passing time can affect an individual’s psychology, sense of self, and perception of reality.

Check out her Exclusive Online Exhibition on ARTSY for more more images and information on this award-winning Series of works at:

#markmoorefineart #amyelkins #athensphotofestival #bitdbitn


Penelope Umbrico featured in “New Territory: Landscape Photography Today” at the Denver Art Museum

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today June 24-Sept. 16, 2018

Penelope Umbrico / 18,297,350 Suns from Sunsets from Flickr 04/16/14, 2014 / c-prints assembled with archival tape / 49.75 x 96.5 inches framed / Collection of the Denver Art Museum (Purchased with funds from Mark and Hilarie Moore)

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today is a survey of contemporary landscape photography from around the world. The exhibition of more than 100 photographs will explore how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time.


The works revive historic photographic processes as well as use innovative techniques and unconventional equipment and chemistry to depict landscapes in surprising ways. Taken individually and as a whole, the photographs will show how about 40 artists have manipulated materials and processes for expressive purposes, blurring the distinction between “observed” and “constructed” imagery. The exhibition challenges us to see photography differently, and contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape.

Denver Art Museum

100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

#NewTerritoryatDAM #markmoorefineart #penelopeumbrico

Opening Tomorrow: Meghan Smythe in “Praxis” at ARTexchange Long Beach 


Please find above the invitation for upcoming group exhibition at The Art Exchange titled PRAXIS that MMFA artist MEGHAN SMYTHE is featured in and link to their announcement on their website:

Image: “Untiled A” (2018) in the studio


July 14-August 26

ARTexchange Long Beach 

356 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802

Featuring: Julia Haft-Candell, Armando Cortes, Ben Jackel, Samuel Jernigan, Narsiso Martinez, Alexander Anderson, Anabel Juarez, Meghan Smythe, Tam Van Tran and Joakim Ojanen. Curated by Gerardo Monterrubio.

The opening for PRAXIS is tomorrow with a VIP Opening from 5-7pm for you and all guests you may wish to bring and invite if you think you might be in the area. The Opening for the public is from 7-9pm.

If you have any questions on this exhibition, contact ARTex at:

Phone:+1 (562) 999-2267


Gallery Hours:
Thursday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Second Saturdays 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For more information on Smythe and her work, go to out website at:

#meghansmythe #markmoorefineart

Joseph Rossano’s ARTSY Exhibition “EDNA” Closing July 14th


I wanted to remind you that JOSEPH ROSSANO‘s exclusive featured ARTSY Online Exhibition “EDNA” closes July 14th. I would urge you to take a look at this beautiful and compelling exhibition.

Joseph Rossano’s exhibition “EDNA” conveys a deep admiration for nature, science and history. While the interdisciplinary systems of the natural world are highlighted through his works, Rossano’s show serves as a sampling of different organisms and their connections to one another.


Rossano_Polar.Bear (1)

Joseph Rossano’s exhibition “EDNA” conveys a deep admiration for nature, science and history. While the interdisciplinary systems of the natural world are highlighted through his works, Rossano’s show serves as a sampling of different organisms and their connections to one another.


#markmoorefineart #josephrossano #edna

Benchmark MEGHAN SMYTHE Sculpture Acquired by The Crocker Art Museum


Naked, 2015
Ceramic, glaze
24 × 36 × 24 in (61 × 91.4 × 61 cm)

Mark Moore Fine Art is pleased to announce the acquisition of major sculpture work by gallery artist MEGHAN SMYTHE by The Crocker Museum.

The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is now one of the leading art museums in California. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions and programs to complement its collections of Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, Asian art, and African and Oceanic art. The Crocker Art Museum is the only museum in the Sacramento region accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a recognition given to less than 800 of the nation’s 17,500 museums. AAM accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly, and provides quality service to the public.


Out of each our 5790projects group shows that focuses solely on debuting and showcasing young emerging talent from Los Angeles each year, a selection committee nominates one featured artist to be considered for the annually-awarded Moore Family Trust Grant. This prize consists of a cash prize and a gallery exhibition. After much deliberation, the committee has elected to award the 5790projects Award prize to sculpture artist, MEGHAN SMYTHE.

Using a traditional sculptural format (the monument), Meghan Smythe captures contradicting extremes within human gesture: intimacy and brutality, beauty and ugliness, or the lewd and tender. In her attempt to achieve an “elegant vulgarity,” she encapsulates moments that define our mortality in unanticipated ways; oftentimes toeing the delicate line between erotic and macabre tendencies that give way to life, and ultimately death. Glass, ceramic, and concrete are woven together in an elaborate, orgy-like web of body parts and organic artifacts, as if suddenly cast with Pompeii-like circumstances. Like excavated antiquities or fossils, Smythe’s ceramic compositions allude to the cyclical nature of civilization – a dramedy in which all of the players are subject to conquest and demise.


Mehgan Smythe (b. 1984, Kingston, ON) received her MFA from the Alfred University School of Art and Design (NY). Her work has been shown at the Arizona State University Art Museum (AZ) and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (ON). She was the Visiting Artist in Residence at California State University, Long Beach (CA) from 2012-2014, where she continues to teach Ceramic Arts. The artist lives and works in Long Beach, CA.

Available works by Meghan Smythe can be found on the Mark Moore Fine Art ARTSY Website at:

Additional information, current biography, reviews, press, images of past works, videos, and interviews on this incredible artist can be found on our WEBSITE.




#meghansmythe #crockerartmuseum #markmoorefineart

Penelope Umbrico featured in “Screenscapes” at Postmasters Gallery NYC – Opening Today!

c49db42a-b666-4c55-b35a-98ddb46e5442Image: Penelope Umbrico, Bad Display (eBay) (2018)

American Artist
Diana Cooper
Luke Murphy
Rafaël Rozendaal
Penelope Umbrico
Artie Vierkant
July 6 – August 11, 2018
Please join us for the opening on July 6 from 6–8pm.

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.
–Dwight D. Eisenhower

so I was thinking……

much of the world comes to us through the screen now
the grid of pixels carrying data
content formalized by geometry
abstracted by remote delivery
systematized by structure
networked and shared on and off line
there is no abstraction, there are screenscapes
let’s look at them


Postmasters Gallery
located at 54 Franklin Street in Tribeca
Tuesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM
with Thursday hours extended to 8 PM
Please contact Magdalena Sawon or
Kerry Doran with
questions and image requests
#penelopeumbrico #markmoorefineart #postmastergallery