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Larry Rivers (American, 1923–2002)
LOT ID: 76064
Holly Woodlawn, 1971

Graphite, on Paper
6.75 х 8.25 in. (17.14 x 20.96 cm.)
Signed, lower right.
Lot description
Mounted and matted on museum board (19 5/8" x 15 3/4").

To own this iconic, early drawing by Larry Rivers of Holly Woodlawn is to own a bit of history. Both habitués of the Factory and Max’s Kansas City, together they epitomize the wild days of the 1970’s. Holly (born Haroldo) was a Warhol superstar whose life was memorialized in Lou Reed’s song “Walk on the Wild Side”.

“Holly came from Miami FLA, / hitch-hiked her way across the USA, / plucked her eyebrows on the way, / shaved her legs, and then he was a she...”

This work was exhibited in the Kunstverein in Frankfurt, Germany.

Rivers is considered by many scholars a "Grandfather" of Pop art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction.Rivers took up painting in 1945 and studied at the Hans Hofmann School from 1947-48, and then at New York University. He was a pop artist of the New York School, reproducing everyday objects of American popular culture as art."

In 1977, Rivers exhibited his work at documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany, and he has held several retrospectives, including exhibitions at the Kunsthalle in Munich, the Stattliche Kunsthalle in Berlin, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Rivers continued several projects, including works concentrating on fashion, up until his death in 2002. He was seventy-nine years old.

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