Robert Kidd Gallery

Larry Rivers

(American, 1923–2002)

cigar box by larry rivers

Larry Rivers

Cigar Box

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dutch masters by larry rivers

Larry Rivers

Dutch Masters

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fashion and the fish by larry rivers

Larry Rivers

Fashion and The Fish

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untitled (rainbow rider) by larry rivers

Larry Rivers

Untitled (Rainbow Rider)

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Biography

Timeline

1923
Born in Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg in the Bronx, USA
1940
Changed name to Larry Rivers; began career as a jazz saxophonist
1942 - 1944
Served in U.S. Army Air Corps.; medical discharge, 1943; attended Julliard School of Music, New York, USA
1945 - 1948
Commenced painting in Maine; moved to Manhattan; studied painting at Abstract Expressionist, Hans Hofmann’s, school in New York and Provincetown, 1947-1948; studied with Abstract Expressionist William Baziotes at New York University (B.A., 1951); met Willem de Kooning
1949
First solo exhibition at Jane Street Gallery, New York, USA
1950
Lived in Paris, France for eight months; returned to New York to paint full-time
1951
Solo exhibition at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, then exhibited annually (except 1955) through 1962; started plaster sculpting; met Jackson Pollock
1952 - 1953
Designed set for poet and Museum of Modern Art curator, Frank O’Hara’s, play; moved to Southampton, USA
1954 - 1956
One-man sculpture show at Stable Gallery, New York; Gloria Vanderbilt Foundation and Museum of Modern Art purchased Rivers, first in a museum collection; group exhibition at Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; participated in Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil
1957 - 1960
Worked with O’Hara on lithograph series and poet, Kenneth Koch, on painting-poems; started welded metal sculpting; traveled to Paris

Exhibitions

2013
The Artist and the Poet, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art, Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York, NY
John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NY
AMERICAN DREAM, Agnellini Arte Moderna, Brescia, Italy
2012
Larry Rivers: Later Works, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City, NY
Acquisition, Rotterdam University Art Collection, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam
The Declaration of Independence: The Stone Copy and the Kent Bicentennial Portfolio, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Poems and Pictures, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2011
Behind Those Planes Are the Stars, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Painters and Poets, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City, NY
Surrounding Bacon & Warhol, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
2010
Seven Artists Inspired by Hanukkah, The Jewish Museum of New York, New York City, NY
Artists at Max’s Kansas City, 1965-1974 - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Larry Rivers: Pop Icons, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
American Still Life: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Abstract Expressionist New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2009
Larry Rivers: 50s-60s, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
Early Major Works, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (solo exhibition)
2008
Early Major Works, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (solo exhibition)
2007
Wit and Whimsy, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Sobre el Humor, Galeriá Marlborough, Madrid, Spain
2006
Summer Show, Marlborough Graphics, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
2005
Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Works on Paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Internationale Zeichnungen, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
2004
Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection: From Renoir to Warhol, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute of Modern Art, Utica, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC