Chronologie

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
1961 – 1963
Set up studio in Paris; worked with Kinetic artist, Jean Tinguely, joint project exhibited at Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; Tate Gallery, London, England bought a Rivers; solo exhibitions at Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, and Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles; European solo exhibitions at Gimpel Fils, London, and Galerie Rive Droite, Paris; commissioned to design New York Film Festival Billboard
1965
First retrospective at Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA, traveled to Pasadena Art Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts, and others
1966 – 1969
New England Merchants National Bank of Boston and Smithhaven Mall, New York, commissioned murals; designed set for Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex; collaborated with French filmmaker, Pierre Gaisseau; traveled in Europe and North Africa; group exhibition at Museum of Modern Art; started using spray cans
1970
De Menil Foundation, Houston, commissioned a Rivers, highest price for a commissioned work to date; solo exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago; first of many one-man shows at Marlborough Gallery, New York, then exhibited at gallery until 1999; began experimenting with airbrush, acrylic paint, and videotape
1971 – 1975
Traveled to West Coast and taught at University of California, Santa Barbara; collaborated with Kenneth Koch on video segments that are shown at Whitney Museum, New York; traveled to Africa and collaborated on film with photographer Peter Beard
1976 – 1978
Hirshhorn Museum bought a Rivers; Union of Soviet Artists invited to Russia to give lecture series; solo exhibitions at Gimpel Fils, London, ACA Galleries, New York, and Robert Miller Gallery, New York; started using color carbon
1980 – 1982
Retrospective at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela; traveling European retrospective organized by Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany; moved in with Russian painter Daria Deshuk
1983 – 1985
Retrospective organized by Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, traveled to Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida; J.C. Penney, Philadelphia, commissioned mural; New York solo exhibitions at Jewish Museum and Kouros Gallery; one-man shows at Elaine Horwich Gallery, Phoenix, Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, and Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
1986 – 1988
Designed cover for The New York Times Magazine; BBC commissioned a computer art project to be shown on U.S. television; Philadelphia Historical Society commissioned a print; work featured in Artforum
1990
Group exhibition at Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
1999
Final exhibition at Marlborough Gallery
2002
Died in Southampton, USA; retrospective at Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Expositions

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
2002
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (solo exhibition)
2001
Fashion Show, Lord and Taylor, New York, NY and Marlborough Monte-Carlo, Monaco (solo exhibition)
2000
On Paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, NY and Marlborough Monte-Carlo, Monaco
1999
Larry Rivers - Pastels, Manolo Valdés - Paintings, Fondation Veranneman, Kruishoutem, Belgium
In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O’Hara and American Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Fashion Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1998
Forma y Figuración: obras maestras de la colección Blake-Purnell, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Coming Off the Wall, The Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
1997
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1994
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1993
Galería Marlborough, Madrid, Spain (solo exhibition)
1992
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY (solo exhibition)
1991
Galería Antonio Machón, Madrid, Spain (solo exhibition)
1990
Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France (solo exhibition)
1988
Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, SC (solo exhibition)
1987
Simms Fine Art, New Orleans, LA (solo exhibition)
1986
Adelphi University Center, Garden City, NY (solo exhibition)
1985
Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (solo exhibition)
1984
Kouros Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1983
Elaine Horwich Gallery, Phoenix, AZ (solo exhibition)
1982
Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo exhibition)
1981
Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany (solo exhibition)
1979
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1977
Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1976
Gimpels Fils, London, England (solo exhibition)
1974 – 1975
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1973 – 1974
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (solo exhibition)
1973
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1970 – 1971
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1970
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo exhibition)
1965 – 1966
Traveling retrospective exhibition: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (solo exhibition)
1964
Gimpels Fils, London, England (solo exhibition)
1963
Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1962
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Gimpels Fils, London, England (solo exhibition)
Galerie Rive Droite, Paris, France (solo exhibition)
1961
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1955 – 1960
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1954
Stable Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1953
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1952
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1951
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1949
Jane Street Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)

Collections publiques

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
New England Merchants National Bank, Boston, MA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Weatherspoon Gallery of Art, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Dallas museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Container Corporation of America, Chicago, IL
De Menil Foundation, Houston, TX
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Joseph H. Seagram & Sons, Inc. Singer Company, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
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
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo de Abstracta, Cuenca, Spain
Tate Gallery, London, England
Museo de Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Svenske-Franska Konstgalliert, Stockholm, Sweden