Make Believe Ballroom

About Larry Rivers

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.”

American, 1923-2002, Bronx, New York, based in New York, Southampton, New York and Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Larry Rivers: Shadow and Substance, Tibor de Nagy, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Selected Works: New Arrivals, Tibor de Nagy, New York
2016
ARTephemera, VINCE fine arts/ephemera, Miami