About the Exhibition
Yours for the Asking provides an intimate look at the artist’s practice through works given as gifts to, or purchased by, friends and family, many never previously shown publicly. The exhibition title was borrowed from a newspaper clipping found in Moira Dryer’s studio notebooks. Her composition books, full of notes, clippings from newspapers, glossy magazines, photographs, and drawings, show an acute attention to language. Much of the text found in these notebooks appear as titles of individual works. The title of this exhibition was selected in recognition of her generosity, confidence, and singular voice.
Despite Moira Dryer’s premature death, she enjoyed a prolific career with solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, organized during her lifetime but mounted posthumously. In 2000, there was a major survey of her paintings dated from 1989 to 1992 that traveled to Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis; Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; and The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore.
Dryer’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Modern Art, New York; among others.