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Larry Rivers (American, 1923–2002)
LOT ID: 77348
Lucky Strike II, ie. circa 1960

Lithograph, on paper
29.5 х 20.5 in. (74.93 x 52.07 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered 'Rivers '60-'63 11/29 II' lower right, blindstamped lower left, on recto.
Edition 11/29
Foundry/Publisher Universal Limited Art Editions, pub.
Lot description
Combining Pop art motifs with an Abstract Expressionist approach, Rivers demonstrates his artistic evolution and provides a visual account of Pop art’s inception in this early print from 1960-63. In this image, Rivers references the popular cigarette brand "Lucky Strike," but adds an expressive element through his gestural artistic style. The prominent inclusion of a consumer product carries this work into the realm of Pop art. Uniquely merging Pop and Abstract Expressionism, Rivers literally and figuratively chronicles the birth of a new epoch in art history and a significant time in his own career.

Painter and sculptor Larry Rivers (1923-2002) combined different influences, genres, and mediums, becoming one of the first artists to successfully blend abstract and figurative styles. Born in the Bronx, NY, Rivers studied at the Hans Hofmann School from 1947 to 1948 and graduated from New York University in 1951. Inspired by Abstract Expressionism and the active painting techniques of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Rivers applied a similar approach to Pop culture images and controversial topics of sex and politics. In 1965, The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA organized the first conclusive retrospective of his work, which toured the US. Since then, Rivers’ work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout the world, including recent shows at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (2012); Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (2008); Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (2005); and a major retrospective organized by The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2002).

Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
Museo Carlo Bilotti (Rome, Italy )
The Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Lucky Strike II by Larry Rivers
  • Lucky Strike II by Larry Rivers
  • Lucky Strike II by Larry Rivers
  • Lucky Strike II by Larry Rivers
  • Lucky Strike II by Larry Rivers
  • Lucky Strike II by Larry Rivers
  • Lucky Strike II by Larry Rivers
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