Larry Rivers

American, 1923–2002

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Painter, sculptor, poet, and musician Larry Rivers was an established figure in the New York School, recognized for creating large paintings merging abstract and narrative elements, as in Washington Crossing the Delaware (1953), where the general leads his men through a space defined by murky oil washes and broad gestural brushwork. Rivers studied in the late 1940s under Hans Hofmann, the artist often regarded as the grandfather of Abstract Expressionism, but he never abandoned figuration, his compositions often including human subjects and text, as in Vocabulary Lesson (Polish) (1964). Rivers’ work is often compared to that of postmodern artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and is considered an important precursor to Pop art. As Andy Warhol once said, “Larry’s painting style was unique—it wasn’t Abstract Expressionism and it wasn’t Pop, it fell into the period in between. But his personality was very Pop.”

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Solo show at a major institution
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
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Articles Featuring Larry Rivers
Three Artists, Three Visions: 101/Exhibit Presents Their Summer Group Show
Jun 19th, 2015
Tom Wesselmann and Sam Francis Among American Masters at Art Southampton
Jul 21st, 2014
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