Claire Mahl Biography

Claire Mahl




Claire Mahl Moore was born in new York City in 1917 and died August 5, 1988. In the 1930s she studied at the National Academy of Design alongside Lee Krasner, and at the Art Students League with Harry Wickey, Charles Locke and Thomas Hart Benton. In Benton's class she met Jackson Pollack who encouraged her to attend the workshop of David Siquerios. During the 1940s Moore worked at the New York atelier of Fernand Leger and in the 1950s studied with David Park at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Moore started showing her work in new York in the 1940s and in 1947 won the ACA Gallery award of a one-woman exhibition. In San Francisco in the 1950s she showed at the key Gallery and the King Ubu Gallery. She showed a the again in 1963 and also in that year was given an exhibition at the California palace of the Legion of Honor. In the 1970s she showed at the Green Mountain Gallery, NY 1973; Wilmington Museum Downtown Gallery, Delaware, 1976; Kathryn Markel and Robert Freidus galleries, NY, and the University of Northern Illinois at De Kalb, 1977. N 1984 her work was featured by the Rutgers Women Artists Series, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and in 1987 she had her first painting show at the June Kelly Gallery, NY. A second show followed in 1988 as did a show at the Sheldon Ross Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan. Her work has been featured in numerous group shows including the King Ubu Gallery commemorative exhibition at the Natsoulas-Novelozo Gallery, Davis, California, January, 1989. Additional group shows include the Self Portrait: Tangible Consciousness, held at Rutgers University, 1987; Prints by Women Associated American Artists, NY, 1986, and the Inaugural Exhibition, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, 1983.

Moore had a long interest in book arts and teaching. She began making small books in the 1940s, while in California in the 1950s founded the Artists' View magzine, and in New York in the late 1960s founded the Children's Underground Press. She taught at the Marian Hartwell School of Design, San Francisco, 1950-56; Brooklyn College, NY, 1970-74; the Creative Women's Collective, NY, 1974; the Metropolitan Museum, Visiting Artists, Children's Program, NY; the Chicago Art Institute, 1977, and the College of Staten Island, NY, 1980-88. She was the recipient of three MacDowell Colony Fellowships, 1945, 1977 and 1979; and Tiffany and Gottlieb Foundation Grants, 1980 and 1985 respectively.

Among those institutions with work on paper by Claire Moore are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York public Library, and the Franklin Furnace Archives, New York, and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.