Larry Rivers

American artist (1923-2002)

Larry Rivers (born Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg) (1923 – 2002) was an American artist, musician, and filmmaker.

Larry Rivers
Larry Rivers in 1961
Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg

(1923-08-17)August 17, 1923
DiedAugust 14, 2002(2002-08-14) (aged 78)[1]
EducationHans Hofmann School
Known forPainting, sculpture
MovementEast Coast figurative painting, new realism, pop art
  • Augusta Berger
    (m. 1945; div. 1946)
  • Clarice Price
    (m. 1961; sep. 1967)

Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg was born in the Bronx, New York. He changed his name to Larry Rivers in 1940 when he started his professional jazz career. He played the saxophone. After being in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-43, he studied music at the Juilliard School of Music.[3] There he met jazz musicians Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.[4]

Rivers started painting in 1945 after he saw a show of Cubist paintings.[4] He studied painting with Hans Hoffman, who made abstract expressionist paintings.[5] In 1949 he had his first art show, and he became friends with the poets John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch. The next year he met poet Frank O'Hara. They began to work together on art and poems. They wrote many letters to each other until O'Hara died in 1966.[3]

Rivers is connected to the Pop Art movement. Sometimes he used ordinary things in his paintings like a cigar box or the menu from a bar.[5] One very large work, History of the Russian Revolution: From Marx to Mayakovsky used not just paint but actual things he found and attached to the canvas.[3]

Rivers died of liver cancer in 2002 at his home in Southampton, New York.[6]

Works change

  • Washington Crossing the Delaware (1953)
  • O'Hara Nude With Boots (1954)
  • Double Portrait of Berdie (1955)
  • The Last Civil War Veteran (1959)
  • Cedar Bar Menu I and II (1959)
  • Dutch Masters and Cigars (1963)
  • The Greatest Homosexual, after "Napoleon in his Study” by David (1964)
  • History of the Russian Revolution: From Marx to Mayakovsky (1965)

References change

  1. Kimmelman, Michael (16 August 2002). "Larry Rivers, Artist with an Edge, Dies at 78". The New York Times.
  2. Smith, Patrick S. Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: The 1960s. Rivers, Larry. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Morgan, Ann Lee (2018). Rivers, Larry. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-180767-1. Retrieved February 5, 2023. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Larry Rivers Foundation". Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Larry Rivers Paintings, Bio, Ideas". The Art Story. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  6. Kimmelman, Michael (2002-08-16). "Larry Rivers, Artist With an Edge, Dies at 78". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-05.

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