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b. 1983

Sam Moyer - Artists - Sean Kelly Gallery

Photography: Jason Schmidt

Sam Moyer (b. 1983, Chicago) received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C., and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven. Inspired equally by nature and architecture, cinema and literature, Moyer has over the course of a fifteen-year career, produced a highly evocative body of work across a broad range of natural and industrial media, ranging from stone to canvas, metal, and glass. Acutely attuned to subtle nuances of color, tone, and light, and the dynamics of space that her works occupy, Moyer’s interest in materiality and the relationship between organic and constructed form drives a practice unrestricted by traditional notions of beauty, or distinctions between painting and sculpture. She produces work on both a monumental and intimate scale, embracing absence and presence, and balance and chance, to create powerfully expressive forms.

Moyer’s first major public art installation, Doors for Doris, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, was on view at the entrance to New York’s Central Park at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in 2020–2021. Her work has been included in important solo and group exhibitions at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York; Hill Art Foundation, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; FLAG Art Foundation, New York; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND); University Art Museum, University of Albany; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; and MoMA PS1, Queens, New York. In 2018, Moyer was the subject of a solo presentation at Art Basel Unlimited. Her work is included in prominent public collections including the Morgan Library & Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Massachusetts; Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; and the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, amongst others. Moyer lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Virtual Exhibition Tour: Sean Kelly and Sam Moyer in conversation, March 18, 2021

Sam Moyer and Brett Littman, Director of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, March 31, 2021

T Magazine. Sam Moyer takes a boat ride on the Peconic River while her canvas dries. Filmed by Jason Schmidt, 2017. Music by ROOS, the musical project of Ross Simonini.

Doors for Doris featured on The ‘Art’ of The Matter: Free Installations | New York Live TV, February 4, 2021