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August 17, 2011

A modern master

Filed under: Uncategorized — jchatoff @ 12:26 am
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The Accident

Larry Rivers died nine years ago on August 14, three days short of his 79th birthday.  He has been called the grandfather of pop art, providing a transition from abstract expressionism to Warhol and Lichtenstein.

Well, maybe.  His work seems highly idiosyncratic, especially for the time – i.e., Fifties and Sixties.

Interestingly, Rivers (who was born Yitzhok Grossberg of Russian immigrant parents) had started out planning to be a musician, studying at Juilliard – where he became a lifelong friend of Miles Davis – and working as a jazz saxophonist.

But, multi-talented, Rivers left Juililard and took up art, studying with Hans Hofman initially. He also made films. video and worked with neon.

Below, Rivers’ portrait of Calo Biotti. A very good selection of his work can be seen here.

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4 Comments »

  1. You chose a very good Larry Rivers painting that I have never seen before. Good judgement!
    Larry Rivers was Cathy Karol’s Teacher.

    Comment by GALYA TARMU — August 17, 2011 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  2. Great art…never heard of him b4 =)

    Comment by Nina — August 17, 2011 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

  3. LOVE NEW INFO ABOUT OLD ART GUYS. LOOKED AT ALL THE WORK. MOST I’VE EVER SEEN. MANY OF HIS PAINTING REMINDED ME OF OUR RECENT BIRTHDAY GIRL WHOSE NAME BEGINS WITH “G”.

    Comment by Carol — August 18, 2011 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  4. very interesting

    Comment by avery — August 26, 2011 @ 2:52 pm | Reply


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