Eckert Fine Art

Larry Rivers

(American, 1923 - 2002)

hommage to picasso by larry rivers

Larry Rivers

Hommage to Picasso, 1974



Born in Bronx, NY (Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg: August 17)
Changes name to Larry Rivers; begins career as a jazz saxophonist
1942 - 1944
Serves in U.S. Army Air Corps.; medical discharge, 1943; attend Julliard School of Music, New York, NY
1945 - 1948
Commences painting in Maine; moves to Manhattan; studies painting at Abstract Expressionist, Hans Hofmann’s, school in New York and Provincetown, MA, 1947-1948; studies with Abstract Expressionist William Baziotes at New York University (B.A., 1951); meets Willem de Kooning
First solo exhibition at Jane Street Gallery, New York
Lives in Paris for eight months; returns to New York to paint full-time
Solo exhibition at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, will exhibit annually (except 1955) through 1962; starts plaster sculpting; meets Jackson Pollock
1952 - 1953
Designs set for poet and Museum of Modern Art curator, Frank O’Hara’s, play; moves to Southampton, New York
1954 - 1956
One-man sculpture show at Stable Gallery, New York; Gloria Vanderbilt Foundation and Museum of Modern Art purchase Rivers, first in a museum collection; group exhibition at Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; participates in Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil
1957 - 1960
Works with O’Hara on lithograph series and poet, Kenneth Koch, on painting-poems; starts welded metal sculpting; travels to Paris


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
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
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
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
Larry Rivers: 50s-60s, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
Early Major Works, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (solo exhibition)
Early Major Works, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (solo exhibition)
Wit and Whimsy, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Sobre el Humor, Galeriá Marlborough, Madrid, Spain
Summer Show, Marlborough Graphics, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
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
Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection: From Renoir to Warhol, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

Collections publiques

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
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
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC