Larry Zox (American, 1937–2006) was a painter who was born in Des Moines, IA, to Oscar and Mildred Zox. Many classified him as an Abstract artist, but he considered himself to be a Colorist. Zox attended the University of Oklahoma, Drake University, and the Des Moines Art Center. While attending the Des Moines Art Center, he studied under Figurative artist George Grosz (German, 1893–1959). Zox relocated to New York in 1958 and became a part of the prominent art scene in downtown Manhattan.

The artist later moved to Colchester, CT. From 1959 to 1962, he completed a collection of collages that consisted of painted pieces of paper that were stapled to joined plywood. In 1963, he began working on his Rotation series, which consisted of geometric shapes and bright colors. His work has been shown in numerous individual and group exhibits around the world. Venues that have featured his work include the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Rocket Gallery in London. While living in New York, Zox managed a studio on 20th Street that became a popular gathering spot for artists, musicians, boxers, and bikers. Since Zox was a large man, he often sparred with fighters who visited the studio. He later owned and managed a studio in East Hampton, NY.

Zox received a variety of grants and awards for his work. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, and he received a grant from the National Council of the Arts in 1969. He also received a grant from the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation in 1985. Zox died of cancer at the age of 69 in 2006. He was survived by his wife, Sha King Zox, his two children from his first marriage, Melinda and Alexander, and his sister and brother, Susan Zox-Smith and Alan Zox.

Timeline

1937
Born in Des Moines, IA
1955
Oklahoma University, Oklahoma City, OK
1956
Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Studied with George Grosz at the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
1967
Recipient, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1969
Recipient, National Council of the Arts Grant
1985
Recipient, Adolf Gottlieb Foundation Grant
2006
Died in Colchester, CT

Exhibitions

2010–2011
Color Fields, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
2010
Larry Zox, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009
Continuum, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
2008
Larry Zox, DTR Modern Galleries, Boston, MA
Larry Zox: Paintings 1962 - 2007 Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Confluence, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
Constant Aesthetic, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
Recently Acquired: New Art in the Collection, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
2007
Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Rocket Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
50 Years of American Art: 1957-2007 DTR Modern Galleries, Boston, MA
Out of Oklahoma: Contemporary Artists... Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, OK
2006
Solstice Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
ART20 2006, The Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
Visual Impact Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
Guild Hall Collects...75th Anniversary Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005
Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Focal Point Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Olson Larsen Gallery, West Des Moines, IA (solo)
2002
Olson Larsen Gallery, West Des Moines, IA (solo)
2000
Percival Gallery, Des Moines, IA (solo)
1995
Percival Gallery, Des Moines, IA (solo)
1994
C.S. Shulte Gallery, Millburn, NJ (solo)
1975
Daniel Templeton Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
1974
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, lA (solo)
1973
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)

Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY