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Phoenix New Times | 2014

Phoenix New Times: “4 Phoenix Artists Selected for ‘State of the Art’ at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art”
by Katrina Montgomery

Earlier this year we found out that eight Arizona artists were being considered for the “State of the Art: Discovering America Now” exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. We are excited to announce that four of those artists have been chosen to display work in the final show, and they are Colin Chillag, Angela Ellsworth, Monica Aissa Martinez, and Matthew Moore.

These four Phoenix artists make up a mere fraction of the 102 total individuals who will be displaying work for “State of the Art.” The exhibition features over 200 artworks, including pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, that span several different media.READ MORE

Artforum | 2012

Artforum: “Matthew Moore: Phoenix Art Museum”
By Joseph R. Wolin, May 2012
Matthew Moore grew up on a farm near Phoenix, in desert that was increasingly encroached on by suburban development until the recent burst of the housing bubble. His latest installation, And the Land Grew Quiet, 2012, centers on this personal history and the vicissitudes of our relationship with the land on which we live.


The Arizona Republic | 2012

The Arizona Republic: “Artist farmer: Matthew Moore’s fields are his canvas”
By Richard Nilsen

“You haven’t asked me the inevitable question: Am I an artist or am I a farmer?”

Matthew Moore has a show up at the Phoenix Art Museum. He also has a farm in the West Valley, under the shadow of the White Tank Mountains. There, he grows an industrial crop of carrots and parsnips, among other things.

“I guess I’m a farmer.”

He is also one of the most interesting artists to come along in Arizona for quite a while.


Good | 2011

Good Magazine: “Radishes in Suburbia: Documenting urban growth and the end of a family farm”
By Thomas Gorman

When Matthew Moore returned to his family’s 1,000-acre carrot farm outside Phoenix in 2003, he was struck by how much the landscape had changed. During the seven years the 35 year-old spent studying sculpture in San Francisco, the city had expanded into the surrounding land. What was once a 30-minute drive into civilization was now a stroll across the road. A new Target big-box store broke ground nearby and a Wal-Mart is close behind.


Sundance Film Festival | 2010

Sundance Film Festival: “Meet the Artists: Matthew Moore Tracks Food’s Journey from Seed to Market”
By Mike Plante

Hungry for art with your food? Wonder where your food comes from? As part of the Sundance Film Festival New Frontier program, farmer and visual artist Matthew Moore will have a video installation in the Park City Fresh Market grocery store, showing the long trek your food has been on to reach your mouth.


NPR The Story | 2007

NPR’s The Story
Interview with Dick Gordon

Matthew Moore grew up farming outside of Phoenix, Arizona. One summer when he came home from art school, he noticed developers had chopped down an old grove of citrus trees that had been there for as long as he could remember. The trees had blocked his view of the city. Suddenly, Matt could see hundreds of new neighbors. The suburbs were much closer than he had realized.READ MORE

Dwell | 2007

Dwell Magazine: “Razing Arizona”
By Amber Bravo

Matthew Moore has found himself in the curious position of being both an artist and a fourth-generation farmer, working and living in the greater Phoenix area, one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolises.

When Goethe said that sowing is not as difficult as reaping, he was getting at a truth more universal than agrarian, though any farmer will tell you that in either case, he’s right. For centuries agriculture was the hub of civilization, and farmers the shepherds of society. But industrialization, globalization, and technology have changed this. Urban centers are expanding outward, and food supplies have become consolidated and disembodied through outsourcing. READ MORE

Metropolis | 2006

Metropolis Magazine: “Crop Cul-de-Sac”
By Randi Greenberg

Something is not quite right at Sycamore Farms. Located in Maricopa County, Arizona—one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas, including the sprawling cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale—the fourth-generation family farm’s crops are all arranged to mirror the layout of a forthcoming suburban development. Part of the New American City: Artists Look Forward exhibit—which opens in September at the Arizona State University Art Museum and features work by local artists questioning the region’s swift development—the 30-acre land art installation is Matthew Moore’s ambivalent response to his family’s decision to sell part of its property to developers.READ MORE

NPR All Things Considered | 2004

NPR: All Things Considered with Steve Goldstein
Interview by Abigail Beshkin

The unrelenting sprawl of tract houses and big box stores has made its way to Wadell, Arizona, outside of Phoenix, pushing out small farms. Matt Moore’s family has farmed there for decades, and before his farm becomes a subdivision, he decided to make art about it, by plowing the floor plans of tract houses into his barley fields. Abigail Beshkin from KJZZ in Phoenix has the story of the farmer with a Masters in Fine Art.READ MORE