Signature Art Exhibition


This Signature Art Exhibition (Virtual Tour with Audio Links) guides us through the 1930s to  the 1970s in Los Angeles.   Evident is the lack of a ‘style’ to define the period – BECAUSE each of these artists was an independent innovator, using personal techniques and expressing personal creativity.
(Virtual Tour with Audio Links)

JULES ENGEL(1901-2003) His life and work was a pivotal core for the art history of experimental animation in the world today. Animation: Accident, Rumble, Aviary, Meadow-Tumbling, many more.

Engel Accident




A Fine Retrospective Exhibition is on view right now at the Laguna Art Museum:



Lithograph 1928
16 x 10 1/2 inches (40.6 x 26.7cm)

PETER KRASNOW Untitled - K.7

Untitled – K.7, 1947

Oil on board 1947 K-7, 1947
42 1/2 x 48 inches (107.95 x 121.9cm)

PETER KRASNOW St Andrew's One Cent Coffee

St Andrew’s One Cent Coffee

Oil on canvas c.1920
26 x 20 inches (66.0 x 50.8cm)

From the 1920s to the 1970s, Krasnow made paintings, prints, drawings, monoprints, watercolors and carved sculptures.  His imagery is compelling as he creates in his personal ‘language’.  The proof is in the viewing!

JULY 18TH – JULY 30, 2016


Assemblage and Collage – Lithograph – Etching – Screenprint

BETYE SAAR Flaming Heart #9

Flaming Heart #9

Collage and painting 1987
14 x 9 7/8 inches (35.6 x 25.1cm)


Mystic Sky with Self Portrait
Color lithograph with collage 1992 29/100
21 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches (54.6 x 64.1cm)

BETYE SAAR National Racism

National Racism

Color screenprint 1998 A/P XII; Ed:100
20 1/2 x 14 inches (52.1 x 35.6cm)

Betye Saar was inspired while watching Simon Rodia building the Watts Towers in the 1930s.   She transforms discarded objects into personalized narratives, social commentary – and visual poetry.  Ever mindful of her heritage, Saar communicated her sensitivity while exploring the media – from assemblage, collage and painting to lithography, etching and screenprinting.  She combines narratives and drama while digging deeply into her African-American, Irish and Native American ethnicity.

Aware of the span of life, Betye Saar feels Death as central to existing – a reminder of Life…a reminder to feel Alive!

PS:  Betye Saar’s Other Works

PETER KRASNOW at Laguna Art Museum July-August 2016
See: July 19, 2016  on LA Times/Christopher Knight  “Modernist Maverick”


PETER KRASNOW at Tobey Moss Gallery
and Special Selection

PETER KRASNOW Evolution -- K.1.1950 (1/2 of Diptych)Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Evolution — K.2.1950 (1/2 of Diptych)
Oil on board 1950
24 x 32 inches (60.9 x 81.3cm)

PETER KRASNOW Evolution -- K.2.1950 (1/2 of Diptych)Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Evolution — K.2.1950 (2/2 of Diptych)
Oil on board 1950
24 x 32 inches (60.9 x 81.3cm)


Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
On the Set II
Lithograph 1928
12 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches (31.8 x 21.9cm)

Mystic-Zabbatai Zvi

Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Lithograph 1928
12 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches (31.8 x 22.2cm)

 Self Portrait

Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Self Portrait
Oil on canvas c.1925
13 1/2 x 10 inches (34.3 x 25.4cm)

Memory Landscape

Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Memory of a Landscape
Oil on comp board 1924 Gr.15
9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches (24.8 x 34.3cm)

After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1916, Peter Krasnow and his Rose moved to New York where he became part of the Whitney Club and art circle that included photographer Edward Weston.  Encouraged by Weston, Krasnow moved to Los Angeles in 1923/24, where portraiture was his primary source of commissions.  He worked in oils on canvas, but also created lithographs, linocuts, drawings and watercolors that reflected romantic as well as biblical themes.

In 1930, with a Guggenheim grant, they moved to the Dordogne region in France.  His paintings and watercolors were exhibited in Paris but, with the rumblings of Hitler’s militarism and warnings from Weston, he returned to Los Angeles in 1934.  There, Krasnow felled backyard trees to carve remarkable organic sculptures…massive trunks were contrasted with unique joined segments that he called `demountables’

By the 1940s, Krasnow refocused upon  painting and made a dramatic change in his imagery and palette.  His compositions were abstract and architectonic, in a high-key California palette which, over the next thirty years, often subtly incorporated abstracted folk themes and iconography.

Krasnow’s work has been exhibited and included in many museum and private collections.  He and his art were a featured focus in John Entenza’s “Arts & Architecture” magazine in the 1940s.  This June to September of 2016, Krasnow’s work is shown in ‘PETER KRASNOW, CALIFORNIA MODERNIST’ at the Laguna Art Museum.

To purchase these artworks contact the gallery
Call: (323) 933-5523

PS:  Peter Krasnow‘s Other Works and Special Selection



Tobey Moss Likes Drawings

DREWES-EnigmaWerner Drewes (1899-1985)
Ink 1947
9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (24.1 x 18.4cm)

Enrique Climent
 [1897-1980] Untitled
Crayon drawing 6 x 7 inches (15.2 x 17.8cm)

Millard Sheets
Five Horses – Study
Lithographic crayon on crescent board 1935
16 7/8 x 22 1/8 inches (42.8 x 56.2cm)

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Lynd Ward [American, 1905-1985]

God’s Man: The Kiss

Lynd Ward God's Man The Kiss

Here is a piece from Ward’s 1929 graphic novel currently inside Tobey’s On-Line Gallery.

Woodengraving 1929
4 x 3 inches (10.2 x 7.6cm)

Signed, lower right; Titled, Dated, lower left
Remark: From the artist

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Ward’s Other Works


#ForYourEyes GORDON WAGNER 1915-1987 Shrine Box Assemblage 1961/64 GW.201 32 x 17 x 9 inches (81.2 x 43.2 x 22.9cm) Annotated

 California Modernist Artists at Tobey C. Moss GalleryA closer look into

Gordon Wagner [1915–1987] was the the leading pioneer behind assemblage art influencing George Herms and Betye Saar whom are each inspired by poetry and spirituality. These modernist artists are currently being featured inside Tobey’s gallery in Los Angeles and can always be purchased at her On-line Gallery.

‘Shrine Box’ was created between 1961-64, assembled during Wagner’s regular sweep of the tidal detritus. It measures 32 x 17 x 9 inches or 81.2 x 43.2 x 22.9 cm. “The Zinc Witch and the Philosopher Queen Sat Down . .” is pasted on one side. . . a collection of miscellany. Today,  Wagner was active until the day he died in Long Beach, California, on December 4, 1987.  In 2016, ’Shrine Box’ is available at $24,000.

GORDON WAGNER 1915-1987 Shrine Box Assemblage 1961/64 GW.201 32 x 17 x 9 inches (81.2 x 43.2 x 22.9cm) Annotated

Blow-Top-BluesBetye Saar has moved through printmaking, collage, assembl
age, sculpture and to installation work. Her constructions deliver personal, social and political messages through haunting visual poetry. ‘Blow Top Blues: The Fire Next Time’ available at $3,500 in 2016.

Can you find  L – O – V – E  inside this featured work? George Herms aptly signs all his work with a ‘LOVE’ stamp. For George, art-making is love. In 2016, ‘Klutz, Putzs & Schmutz’ available at $14,000.

george_herms_klutz-putz-and-schmutzTo purchase please click the artwork or contact Tobey


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#ForYourEyes next week featuring a surprise package from 1970’s!



George Herms [Born 1935]

’92 Ore’ Assemblage  


It’s an attempt to be able to use the environment and what’s in the environment as raw materials so that the line between life and art begins to become dissolved. You can actually take chunks of reality and use that as the raw materials of your work of art.” – George Herms

This assemblage was created in 1992 during the U.S.A Presidential Election in which Al Gore declined running for chief position and instead became Vice President to Bill Clinton. The collage measures 26 x 20 x 11 1/2 inches or 66. x 50.8 x 29.2 cm. It’s LOVE stamped and made up of previously discarded “trash” materials including torched wood, bumper sticker, metal and pigment.

Herms aptly signs all his work with a ‘LOVE’ stamp and there is a great love that shines through – love for the people, the places, the things that have touched his life. For George, art-making is his way to show his love to the world.’92 Ore is available at $24,000 in 2016.

To purchase this fine print
Call: (323) 933-5523

George’s Other Works

Betye Saar [Born 1926]


“I’m the kind of person who recycles materials but I also recycle
emotions and feelings.” – Betye Saar

This artwork was created in 1992, a color lithograph with collage on wove paper. The impression measures 21 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches or 54.6 x 64.1 cm. It’s signed, dated and titled in the lower left corner. It is numbered 29/100. This specific impression of Mystic Sky with Self Portrait came to Tobey directly from Betye in her Los Angeles studio.

Mystic Sky with Self Portrait has a folk art aesthetic, “The stars, the cards, the mystic vigil may hold the answers. By shifting the point of view, an inner spirit is released. Free to create,” says Betye Saar describing the piece. Saar’s self portrait depicting mysticism, history, memory and nostalgia is available at $3,200 in 2016.

For a fuller biography of Betye Saar

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Call: (323) 933-5523