Larry Rivers
An American-European Dialogue

Editor(s)

Ludwig Museum Koblenz

Author(s)

Beate Reifenscheid, David Joel, Hans Belting, Lóránd Hegyi, Rainer Gross

Design

Andy Schmidt

Size

24,5 x 31 cm

Pages

184

Illustrations

98

Cover

Hardcover

Language(s)

German, English

ISBN

978-3-947563-61-6

Between French Modernism and the New York School

The American painter, musician, and filmmaker Larry Rivers (b. 1923, New York; d. 2002, New York) is considered one of the most influential protagonists of the New York art scene in the period from the 1950s to the 1970s. He played with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, was a close friend of Frank O’Hara, and pioneered Pop Art. In dealing with contemporary artist colleagues and historical role models, he always strived to making painting visible as a medium of reflection. From an early age, Rivers was preoccupied with French painting of the late nineteenth century. During his stay in Paris in 1961/62, he met Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, whereupon the range of materials he used was extended to wood, cardboard, and electric light. For the first time, the present volume – the first monograph in twenty years – sheds light on Larry Rivers’ idiosyncratic art with a view to the tension between traditional French painting and Abstract Expressionism around Willem de Kooning.

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