Larry Rivers: Art and the Artist

Larry Rivers: Art and the Artist

by Barbara Rose, David Levy, Jacquelyn Serwer
     
 

Artist Larry Rivers has shocked, scandalized, and intrigued audiences for close to fifty years. Rivers emerged as a pop art pioneer in the 1950s and later became one of America's most important figurative painters. Ever the iconoclast, Rivers is a multimedia artist, working in painting, sculpture, collage, and installation pieces. His eclectic style draws from a…  See more details below

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Artist Larry Rivers has shocked, scandalized, and intrigued audiences for close to fifty years. Rivers emerged as a pop art pioneer in the 1950s and later became one of America's most important figurative painters. Ever the iconoclast, Rivers is a multimedia artist, working in painting, sculpture, collage, and installation pieces. His eclectic style draws from a surprising range of sources - from historic events like Washington crossing the Delaware, the Russian Revolution, and the Holocaust to Hollywood movies. He courted controversy, as in his shrewd satire of Manet's luscious nude Olympia, painted in blackface. Rivers worked abroad, linking the art worlds of Paris and New York; he became notorious not only for his work, but for his provocative lifestyle. He moves fluidly outside the traditional art world, accomplished as a jazz musician, writer, and filmmaker. At age seventy-eight Rivers has never had a complete retrospective of his work. Now the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., brings his legacy to light in this definitive Rivers monograph.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Although the work of Rivers, ni Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg, inhabits a second-tier status among Pop artists of his generation, his reputation as a good-natured bon vivant of bohemian living is second to almost no one's. With his high cheekbones and aquiline nose, Rivers has cut a handsome figure through the worlds of jazz, film, art and writing since the 1950s, befriending everyone from Frank O'Hara to Willem de Kooning along the way. Billed as a definitive Rivers monograph, this oversized volume from the Corcoran Gallery offers plenty of work to look at, from his early Pop paintings jockeying with those of Johns and Rauschenberg, to his later funky collages. The interpretive and biographical essays by Rose and Serwer are lively and accessible, placing Rivers in a political context as the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, and tracing his adventures from year to year. Finally, the book layers in plenty of photographs capturing the iconoclast as a young man, a middle-aged man and an older man, running his long gauntlet between art and life. 83 full-color and 53 duotone illustrations. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821227985
Publisher:
Bulfinch
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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