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Larry Rivers (American, 1923–2002)
LOT ID: 71196
Tareyton, 1962

Oil, on canvas
24 х 18 in. (60.96 x 45.72 cm.)
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Combining Pop art motifs with an Abstract Expressionist approach, groundbreaking artist Larry Rivers demonstrates his artistic evolution and provides a visual account of Pop art’s inception in this early 1962 oil painting, "Tareyton". Here, Rivers maintains the free, expressionistic brushstrokes and abstract designs fostered by the Hofmann School. Referencing his Abstract Expressionist contemporaries, Rivers features the name of the popular cigarette brand “Tareyton” to allude to the nighttime gatherings at Cedar Tavern. The prominent inclusion of a consumer product carries this work into the realm of Pop art. Uniquely merging these two prominent genres, 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, DC (2002).

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Tate Britain, London, England
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
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