Rivers, Larry

Frameable signature of the New York School “pop” artist

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(B. Yitzhok Loiza Grossberg, 1923-2002) Jewish-American artist, musician, filmmaker and occasional actor, considered the "Godfather" or "Grandfather" of Pop Art because he was one of the first artists to merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. A “pop” artist of the New York School, reproduced everyday objects of American popular culture as art. Established as one of America's most important postwar artists, Rivers continued to exhibit regularly in the US and abroad and create work that combined realistically rendered images within a loosely brushed, quasi-abstract background. Born in the Bronx to Russian-Jewish parents, changed his name 1940 after being introduced as "Larry Rivers and the Mudcats" at a NYC pub while a jazz saxophonist. Studied at Juilliard 1945-46 along with Miles Davis, with whom he remained friends to Davis's 1991 death. Rivers took up painting in 1945 and studied at the Hans Hofmann School 1947–48, and New York University. He was one of 11 New York artists featured in the 1955 opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery. In 1965 he had his first comprehensive retrospective in 5 major American museums. His final work for the exhibition was “The History of the Russian Revolution”, later on extended permanent display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington. During 1967 he was in London collaborating with American painter Howard Kanovitz. In 1968, Rivers traveled to Africa for a 2nd time with Pierre Dominique Gaisseau to finish their documentary, “Africa and I”, narrowly escaping execution as suspected mercenaries. During the 70s he worked closely with Diana Molinari and Michel Auder on many videotape projects, including the infamous “Tits”, and also worked in neon. In 2002 a major retrospective of his work was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. 4 x 6 card with typed identification at top, signed in marker pen. With interesting unsigned Arnold Newman 1975 “pop art” style portrait from a book for framing.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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