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Larry Rivers


Larry Rivers (1923–2002) was an American artist, musician, and filmmaker known for his multifaceted contributions to the New York art scene during the mid-20th century. Rivers started as a jazz saxophonist before transitioning to visual art. He became a prominent figure in the New York School, known for his eclectic style that drew from abstract expressionism, pop art, and figurative painting. Rivers was a founding member of the "Jane Street School," a group of artists who worked in shared studio space in Greenwich Village, fostering a collaborative and innovative artistic environment. His works often depicted urban scenes, portraits, and historical and political subjects, displaying a dynamic range of influences and techniques.


Larry Rivers' art has been exhibited in major museums and institutions, recognizing his significant impact on the American art scene. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago have showcased Rivers' diverse body of work. One of his most comprehensive retrospectives, however, was held at Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington DC in 2002. Larry Rivers' ability to bridge various art movements and mediums, from painting to music and film, has solidified his place as a key figure in the evolution of American post-war art.

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