NEW YORK—Prices for the abstract paintings and prints of Jill Moser (b. 1956) are modest but rising, reports Caroline Tyson, director of WadeWilson Art in Houston, Texas. Moser recently signed with Manhattan’s Lennon, Weinberg gallery.
Moser’s most recent one-person exhibition was at WadeWilson in January and February. It included 21 oil-on-canvas paintings—priced at $8,500 for 30-by-30-inch works and $12,000 for 40-by-40-inch works—and two etchings (each from editions of 30)—priced at $1,000 apiece. (Other works by the artist not in this exhibit are $1,000 monotypes and $2,000 4-by-8-inch paintings on paper.)
Among the buyers was Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, which purchased two 40-by-40-inch paintings (Trickster and Whisper), as well as prints from each edition (“Ellipsis” and “Echo”). Since that exhibition, the gallery has raised Moser’s prices from $8,500 to $10,000, and from $12,000 to $15,000, respectively. Jill Weinberg Adams, owner of Lennon, Weinberg, said the gallery plans a November solo show featuring the artist’s dozen or so new paintings in various sizes.
While Moser’s works have been exhibited at several smaller, less visible commercial and university galleries around the United States, they nonetheless have been purchased by a number of major institutions, including: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University; Yale University Art Gallery; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Seattle Art Museum. Corporate buyers include PaineWebber, Pfizer, Microsoft, Prudential Life and Wellington Management.