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The Things Kurt Cobain Left Behind

March 9, 2016 - Slate Magazine - Jordan G. Teicher

The easiest way to get to know Kurt Cobain is to listen to his music. Another way is to look through his stuff. That one’s a little trickier. 

But Geoff Moore had that rare opportunity in 2008, when Cobain’s estate tapped him to spend a day photographing the late Nirvana frontman’s personal possessions for Charles R. Cross’ book, Cobain Unseen. Now, they’re on display in Moore’s first solo art exhibition, “Endorsement—the unseen Cobain photos” at KM Fine Arts Los Angeles through March 26.

ArtNet | Geoff Moore | Best of the Art World This Week

March 5, 2016 - ArtNet - Cait Munro

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Check out these intimate photographs of Kurt Cobain's personal possessions, including beat-up guitars, scribbled-on sneakers, and even a heart-shaped box.

 

new kurt cobain photo exhibit takes a look into his personal world

February 9, 2016 - VICE

In an exhibit opening on Thursday, February 11 in L.A., photographer Geoff Moore will be displaying his prints of never-before-seen private objects owned by Kurt Cobain. The show, entitled "Endorsement — The Unseen Kurt Cobain Photos," was inspired by the book Cobain Unseen, by Charles R. Cross, for which Moore captured the images of the musician's ephemera.

W Magazine | The Unseen Kurt Cobain

February 5, 2016 - W Magazine

A lot of Kurt Cobain has spilled lately. The vertiginous voyeurism of Brett Morgen's 2015 HBO documentary Montage of Heck was only amplified by the release of a 31-track album of dialogue and sounds Cobain recorded onto cassettes in his home. And now the photographer Geoff Moore is mounting an exhibition at KM Fine Arts in Los Angeles of pictures of Cobain's prized possessions—a smashed guitar, a small heart-shaped box, a stuffed monkey. (He originally took them for a 2009 book, Cobain Unseen, by Charles Cross.) It's hard to look away from this inventory, which only confirms the impression that you accidentally opened the door to a teenager's room—which is to say, he probably wouldn't want you there.

"Unseen" photos of Kurt Cobain's Personal Possessions

February 4, 2016 - Esquire Magazine

 

Back in 2008, the contents of Kurt Cobain's vault were made available to photographer Geoff Moore for one day. Under tight security, the photographer combed through Cobain's personal possessions and carefully photographed each one. The resulting images were published in a book by Charles R. Cross, Cobain Unseen, but are on display for the first time in public at Moore's debut photo exhibition at KM Fine Arts in Los Angeles. From a smashed guitar to a broken ceramic statue of Mary in a box, the photographs reveal the personal life of Cobain like you've never seen before.

HYPEBEAST | These Photos of Kurt Cobain's Personal Treasures Are Intimate and Haunting

February 4, 2016 - HYPEBEAST

Los Angeles-based photographer Geoff Moore spent one day with a treasure trove of Kurt Cobain’s personal memorabilia back in 2007 for a photoshoot commissioned by the late rockstar’s estate. The photographer was given access to the archives that were housed in a high-security storage unit. The ephemera include Kurt’s beloved Converse, several guitars in various stages of disintegration, and the heart-shaped box given to the Nirvana frontman by his wife, Courtney Love. All of the items bear signs of a grungy existence — snapped strings, ironic political bumper sticker appliqués, scrawled lyrics and so on. Additional photos that catalog the aesthetic is one that reflects the time period of Cobain’s life, while also bursting at the seams with inside jokes and references both well-known and arcane. The photos are going on display for the first time at KM Fine Arts on February 11.