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Present Futures

Moe Brooker, American, born 1940

Made in United States, North and Central America


Mixed media and encaustic on wood panel

48 × 48 inches (121.9 × 121.9 cm)

© Moe Brooker

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

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Purchased with funds contributed by Marion Boulton Stroud, 2006

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Known for his lyrical abstract paintings, Philadelphia artist Moe Brooker employs a palette of bright, electric colors; zigzag lines; and collage to create spontaneous, yet rhythmic, compositions. He finds inspiration in jazz music and draws on the work of French artist Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), who believed that painting can be a form of "visual music." In Present Futures, Brooker intersects graffiti-like scrawl and dense scribblings with large, overlapping patches of color to suggest a series of melodies and chords.