Collector’s Edition: Al Moran


In this new series, “Collector’s Edition,” we ask people about their personal art collections—from the first piece of art they ever bought to what they want to acquire next. Last time we spoke to Carlo McCormick, and this time we reached out to Al Moran, co-founder of OHWOW, a gallery, publisher and creative community.

Continue reading to learn about what Al collects.



What was the first piece of art you bought or acquired?

My first place in New York was a loft in Williamsburg in 2002. Right above me lived Brian Donnelly. We became friends living in the same building. I went up to his loft one day and he showed me a bunch of bus-stop ads that he had painted over. I bought one that day. It was my first piece of art. I still live with that KAWS bus stop—it’s one of my favorite pieces.

What art do you have in your personal collection now?

I mostly collect the artists I show now. Besides the gallery artists, I have a few works by Leo Fitzpatrick that I love. I think he’s great. I have some other works from non-gallery artists such as Nate Lowman, Cyprien Gaillard and Ryan McGinley. I tend to acquire works from my generation and my immediate circle of friends.


What is your favorite piece in your collection?

I have a small collage by Leo (Fitzpatrick) that I bought for my wife as a gift. It says “Diary of a Mad Housewife, Dreams Die First.” My wife stopped working when we had our children and it put a sinister smile on her face the first time she saw it. I look at it and it reminds me of how much she gave up for our family—and it makes me appreciate her all the more for it. And the thought of that smile always makes me laugh.

What art would you like to add to your collection?

If I had to callout a non-gallery artist that I’d like to own right now, I’d say a work by Dan Colen. How I missed this boat I’ll never know.

Do you collect anything besides art?


What did you collect as a child?

I, like most kids in my neighborhood, collected baseball cards religiously.
Images, in order of appearance: Portrait by Devin Christopher;  “Anatomy Lesson” by Nick Van Woert, 2013; “Wishbone” by Luis Gispert, 2012. Images courtesy of the artists and OHWOW.

Title artwork by Taylor McKimens

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