Lot Details

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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Margin
Location: Lower left, Other location
Notes: Minor crease along top edge and moderate crease on lower left corner.
Degree: Minor
Remains of Hinges / Adhesive
Area: Image
Location: Other location
Notes: Moderate sticker residue on center right.
Degree: Moderate

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

Kunstverein Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Ships From: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 6.75 x 8.25 in. (17.14 x 20.96 cm.)
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