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Larry Rivers Art

American, 1923-2002

Figurative artist Larry Rivers was born in the Bronx in 1923 to Ukrainian Jewish parents, and was named Yitzak Loiza Grossberg. Rivers belonged to the second generation of the New York School of painters, although unlike most of his contemporaries he stayed away from abstraction instead preferring narrative paintings. He began his artistic career playing the jazz saxophone, and when one night his group was introduced as "Larry Rivers and the Mudcats," he decided to keep the name.

After a brief period in the army during World War II, Rivers attended Juilliard School of Music for one year before returning to the jazz saxophone. After he met the painter Jane Freilicher, he decided to devote himself to painting. Rivers attended Hans Hofmann's school for nearly two years. In 1949, he had his first solo show at the Jane Street Gallery, an artist's co-op in the Village. Rivers received favorable reviews and was invited to join the Tibor de Nagy Gallery uptown.

Rivers continued to show annually at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery from 1952 to 1962. In 1963, he joined the Marlborough Gallery, where he stayed until his death. In 1955, The New York Museum of Modern Art acquired his painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, and in 1956 the Whitney Museum purchased Double Portrait of Berdie, two of his more famous paintings. He had periodic museum shows in Europe and the United States throughout his career.

Rivers had two sons, Joseph and Steven, by his first wife, Augusta. In 1961 he married Clarice Price and had two more children, Gwynne and Emma. In the 1970s he had another son with the painter Daria Deshuk.

The subjects of River's figurative paintings were family, history, politics, religion and sex. His work done in oils often included the use of stencils, cutouts, blank canvas and image reversals. He often painted family members including his mother in law, his sons and his ex-wife. Rivers favored historical subjects such as History of Matzah: The Story of the Jews (1984-85), History of the Russian Revolution (1965) and often painted parodies including his Washington Crossing the Delaware. He enjoyed controversial subjects and shocking the public. Lapman Loves It (1966) is a nine-foot electrified assemblage complete with strategically located light bulbs. French Vocabulary Lesson (1961-62) is a nude with body parts labeled in French.

Rivers was also a writer. In 1979 he published Drawings and Digressions with Carol Brightman. In 1992 he published What Did I Do? The Unauthorized Autobiography with Arnold Weinstein.

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(Biography provided by Lincoln Glenn)

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Artist: Larry Rivers
Kitchen, Lithograph by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Larry Rivers, American (1923 - 2002) - Kitchen. Portfolio: Art Sounds Portfolio, Year: 1986, Medium: Lithograph, signed, numbered and dated in pencil, Edition: 45/200, Size: 12 x 12...
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1980s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Larry Rivers "Stencilpack Camel (1978)"
By Larry Rivers
Located in Pembroke Pines, FL
Larry Rivers Stencil Camel - each piece in the edition is unique 1978 Lithograph in colors/wove paper with pochoir & graphite/acetate 24 7/8 x 21 3/8 in. - 30 x 30 in. Framed Signed,...
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1970s Larry Rivers Art

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Crayon, Graphite, Lithograph, Screen

Larry Rivers 1981 Signed Hirshhorn Exhibition Poster
By Larry Rivers
Located in Larchmont, NY
Larry Rivers (American, 1923-2002) Larry Rivers Exhibition, Hirshhorn Exhibition Poster, 1981 Lithograph (?) Sight: 34 3/4 x 24 1/2 in. Framed: 36 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. Signed and num...
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1980s Contemporary Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Last Civil War Veteran
By Larry Rivers
Located in Palm Desert, CA
"Last Civil War Veteran" is an oil painting on panel made by Larry Rivers in 1961. The artwork size is 9 1/2 x 7 inches. The framed size is 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. The work i...
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Mid-20th Century Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Oil, Panel

Untitled
By Larry Rivers
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Untitled (Picasso) Screen print, 1974 Signed, numbered and dated in red pencil lower right (see photo) from Homage to Picasso (Hommage à Picasso) Publisher: Propyläen-Verlag, Berlin ...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Screen

LARRY RIVERS (hand signed and inscribed first edition book)
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers LARRY RIVERS (hand signed and inscribed first edition book), 1989 Hardback monograph with a dust jacket (hand signed and inscribed "Enjoy the Matisse" Signed, dated and inscribed by Larry Rivers in red marker on the title page 11 3/5 × 9 4/5 inches Lavishly illustrated hardback monograph with dust jacket on the occasion of the artist's career retrospective. Text is by the distinguished art historian and Princeton professor Sam Hunter. Hand signed, dated and dedicated in red marker on the title page. Inscription reads: To Joanne and Ira Enjoy the Matisse Larry Rivers, April 2, 1992 About the book: Hunter, Sam. LARRY RIVERS. 358 pp. with 400 illustrations, including 155 plates in color. Folio, cloth. New York, Rizzoli, 1989. New York: Rizzoli, 1989. First edition. Hardcover. 358 pages. Retrospective monograph on Larry Rivers. Features text by Sam Hunter. Includes 400 illustrations of which 155 are in color. Publisher's Blurb: Rivers' public persona as an artist combines that of bohemian outsider, sensualist and entertainer. His best-known images of the 1960s--Dutch Masters cigars, French money, cigarette packs--became Pop icons. Eschewing abstraction, he came up with startling, disquieting figures, such as his obese, sagging mother-in-law depicted in the nude with brutal honesty ( Double Portrait of Berdie ). Yet there is more to Rivers than the hipster, as this lavishly illustrated monograph by a former Princeton art historian shows. Hunter makes a case for Rivers as a social realist: witness his powerful construction piece Ghetto Stoop or recent works that include searching portraits of Primo Levi...
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1980s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Mixed Media, Permanent Marker, Lithograph, Offset

At The Dwan Gallery: Historic exhibition poster (Hand Signed by Larry Rivers)
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers At The Dwan Gallery: Rivers Small Recent Work (Hand Signed), 1965 Silkscreen on wove paper Hand signed and dated "Rivers, 1965" in graphite p...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Screen, Pencil

Downtown Lion (1st State)
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers Downtown Lion (1st State), 1967 Etching on wove paper, signed, inscribed and dated with blind stamps Signed, dated and inscribed in graphite; Printers Proof aside from ...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Etching

Larry Rivers, "Pop Singer" - 1970s Mixed Media Portrait Sculpture
By Larry Rivers
Located in New Orleans, LA
A freestanding 3-dimensional work that wonderfully captures both the spirit and draftsmanship of this great American artist. I have included a pic of an identical sculpture in this s...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Mixed Media

Republique De Guinee, for Andy Warhol, Inscribed in ink to Andy Warhol
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers Republique De Guinee, for Andy Warhol, Inscribed in ink to Andy Warhol, 1977 Color Pochoir, Acrylic Airbrush and Pencil on paper with deckled edges...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Acrylic, Pencil, Stencil

Happy 20th Birthday Lincoln Center
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers Happy 20th Birthday Lincoln Center, 1979 Lithograph on wove paper Hand signed, numbered 80 from the limited edition of 108 and dated on the front by Larry Rivers 26 × 35 inches Unframed This hand signed and numbered limited edition lithograph was commissioned by the prestigious Vera List print program in NYC which invited artists to create works that would help fundraise for Lincoln Center, which many New Yorkers consider the cultural center of the city. This is Larry Rivers' clever homage to...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Larry Rivers Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery (Hand Signed)
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Artwork Measurements: 39 1/4 × 29 1/2 inches Ships rolled in a tube measuring 36 x 6 x 6 Larry Rivers Larry Rivers Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery (Hand Signed), 1974 Silkscr...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Screen

Homage to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (signed and inscribed)
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers Homage to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, signed and inscribed to Arthur Gold and Robert (Bobby) Fizdale, 1973 Lithograph and Screenprint on Paper Hand signed and inscribed on lo...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph, Screen

What Did I Do? Limited edition signed print featuring The Unauthorized Biography
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers What Did I Do? The Unauthorized Biography, 1992 Lithograph on wove paper Hand signed, numbered 3/325 and dated on lower right front Frame In...
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1990s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

French Money
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers French Money, ca. 1966 Original graphite drawing with lithograph collage Boldly signed in graphite pencil in the center of this collage. Frame Included Larry Rivers orig...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Graphite, Lithograph

Tanfastic, Framed Lithograph on Plexiglass by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
A challenging piece by American Pop artist Larry Rivers. This collage-style print centers on the duality of colorism, particularly in the US. White people are encouraged to use produ...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Plexiglass, Lithograph

Vintage Pop Art 1997 Offset Lithograph Larry Rivers Music Poster Hamptons NY
By Larry Rivers
Located in Surfside, FL
Larry Rivers "The Music Festival of the Hamptons / July 18-27 1997" poster, Not hand signed. [Dimensions: 24" H x 18" W] Larry Rivers (born Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg) (1923 – 2002) was an American artist, musician, filmmaker, and occasional actor. Considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" and "Grandfather" of Pop art, he was one of the first artists to merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. Rivers took up painting in 1945 and studied at the Hans Hofmann School from 1947–48. He earned a BA in art education from New York University in 1951. His work was quickly acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. A 1953 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware was damaged in fire at the museum five years later. He was a pop artist of the New York School, reproducing everyday objects of American popular culture as art. He was one of eleven New York artists featured in the opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery in 1955 along with Paul Mommer, Leonard Baskin, Peter Grippe During the early 1960s Rivers lived in the Hotel Chelsea, notable for its artistic residents such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol Factory and where he brought several of his French nouveau réalistes friends like Yves Klein who wrote there in April 1961 his Manifeste de l'hôtel Chelsea, Arman, Martial Raysse, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Christo & Jean Claude, Daniel Spoerri or Alain Jacquet, several of whom, like Rivers, left some pieces of art in the lobby of the hotel for payment of their rooms. In 1965, Rivers had his first comprehensive retrospective in five important American museums. His final work for the exhibition was The History of the Russian Revolution, which was later on extended permanent display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. He spent 1967 in London collaborating with the American painter Howard Kanovitz. In 1968, Rivers traveled to Africa for a second time with Pierre Dominique Gaisseau to finish their documentary Africa and I, which was a part of the groundbreaking NBC series Experiments in Television. During this trip they narrowly escaped execution as suspected mercenaries. During the 1970s, Rivers worked closely with Diana Molinari and Michel Auder on many video tape projects, including the infamous Tits, and also worked in neon. Rivers's legs appeared in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 film Up Your Legs Forever. From 1940–1945 he worked as a jazz saxophonist in New York City, changing his name to Larry Rivers in 1940 after being introduced as "Larry Rivers and the Mudcats" at a local pub. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music in 1945–46, along with Miles Davis, with whom he remained friends until Davis's death in 1991. Larry Rivers was born in the Bronx to Samuel and Sonya Grossberg, Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. In 1945, he married Augusta Berger, and they had one son, Steven. Rivers also adopted Berger's son from a previous relationship, Joseph, and reared both children after the couple divorced. In 1949 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Jane Street Gallery in New York. This same year, he met and became friends with John Ashbery, and Kenneth Koch. In 1950 he met Frank O’Hara. This same year he took his first trip to Europe spending eight months in Paris, France, reading and writing poetry. Beginning in 1950 and continuing until Frank’s death in July of 1966, Larry Rivers and Frank O’Hara cultivated a uniquely creative friendship that produced numerous collaborations, as well as inspired paintings and poems. In 1951 Rivers’ works were shown at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery where he continued to show annually (except 1955) for about 10 years. In 1954 he had his first exhibition of sculptures at the Stable Gallery, New York. In 1955 The Museum of Modern Art acquired Washington Crossing the Delaware. This same year he won 3rd prize in the Corcoran Gallery national painting competition for “Self-Figure.” Rivers’ also painted “Double Portrait of Berdie” in 1955, which was soon purchased by the Whitney Museum. In 1957 he and Frank O’Hara began work on “Stones,” a collaborative mix of images and poetry in a series of lithograph for Tatyana Grosman company ULAE. During this time he also appeared on the television game show “The $64,000.00 Question” where along with another contestant, they both won, each receiving $32,000.00. In 1958 he again spent time in Paris and played in various jazz bands. In 1959 he painted Cedar Bar Menu...
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1990s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph, Offset

Camel, Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Larry Rivers (1923-2002) Title: Camel Year: 1980 Medium: Color lithograph on wove paper Edition: 75, plus proofs Size: 11.13 x 8.64 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed & inscribed A.P. in pencil, lower margin Notes: Larry Rivers is considered by many to be the father of the Pop Art movement. In Rivers's 1980 work "Camel," we see a slightly out of focus Camel Cigarette pack, an item from consumer culture Rivers has appropriated to create a critique of commoditization and consumer culture. Rivers would have certainly been aware of the work of Stuart Davis and his 1921 painting...
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1980s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Lucky Strike In The Mirror (Lucky Strike I)
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Lucky Strike In The Mirror (Lucky Strike I), 1961 Lithograph on paper 30 x 22 1/4” Edition of 20
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1960s Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Red Coats, 1970 Silkscreen with Collage
By Larry Rivers
Located in Southampton, NY
The work of controversial post-Abstract Expressionist artist Larry Rivers is in the collection most Major Museums. In 2021 a work of his sold at Sotheby's for over 2 Million Dollars. "Red Coats" 1970 is a signed and numbered Silkscreen print with hand Collage. The red coats are a red velvet like material that is glued to and collaged onto the silkscreened image. The silver boots are also collaged onto the silkscreened image. This work is one of the larger works Larry Rivers created in 1970 for a series of silkscreens based on his Boston Massacre...
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1970s Larry Rivers Art

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Screen

Untitled (Joe and Patsy LoGuidice at the Casa Luna)
By Larry Rivers
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Untitled (Joe and Patsy LoGuidice at the Casa Luna) Pastel, charcoal and colored pencil, 1970-1975 Signed lower right in pencil: Larry Rivers Inscribed on the rabbit of the original white frame: LOGUIDICE in ink Provenance: Private Collection, New York (Westchester County) Condition: Excellent Image size: 31 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches Frame size: 39 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches Note: The image depicts Ciprian “Joe” LoGuidice (d. 2008) and his wife Patsy with their dog (Golden Retriever?) in their famous house Casa Luna, located in Zihautenajo, Mexico. Joe LoGuidice had a most colorful life as stated in his memorial posting by Pam Barkentin: Ciprian "Joe" LoGiudice, of Los Angeles and Zihautanejo, Mexico Art Dealer, Political Activist, Environmentalist, Film Producer, and Executor of the Terry Southern Estate died at home in Los Angeles on September 3, 2008. A major benefactor of the Chicago Seven, he hosted a benefit for the anti-war activists at his Ontario Street Gallery in Chicago and later harbored the fugitive Abbie Hoffman in Zihautenajo where Joe designed and built the famous Casa Luna, the house without walls, in a compound that included Larry River's Studio as well as the garden where Julian Schnabel painted with the assistance of Ramon Pedrazo, Joe's gardener and the husband of his faithful housekeeper, Concha Pedrazo. Here at Casa Luna, from the early seventies on, Joe and his wife, Patsy, generously hosted friends and enemies alike with great enthusiasm and humor.Most recently, through his participation in "Save the Bay", Joe was instrumental in preventing cruise ships from anchoring in the Bay of Zihautanejo. He was also producing "Five Easy Steps to Metaphysical Fitness", a documentary about the philosopher/comic, Emily Levine. Christo's first wrapping of a building in the United States, the Chicago Museum of Art, was produced by LoGiudice. Other artists he represented, in both his Chicago and New York Galleries, included John Chamberlin, Larry Poons, Mark de Suvero, Leon Golub and Jules Olitski. Joe is survived by his wife of 25 years, Patsy Cummings. An important work by Rivers showing his friend and art dealer in their famous house, Casa Luna, in Mexico. The cultural import of LoGuidice cannot be understated. He was a major figure in the New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles art cultures. The artist’s who were his friends and guests were many of the leading icons of late 20th century art. Larry Rivers Larry Rivers in 1961 Born Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg August 17, 1923 Bronx, New York, U.S. Died August 14, 2002 (aged 78) Southampton, New York, U.S. Nationality American Education Hans Hofmann School Known for Painting, sculpture Movement East Coast figurative painting, new realism, pop art Spouse(s) Augusta Berger (m. 1945; div. 1946) Clarice Price (m. 1961; sep. 1967) Larry Rivers (born Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg, August 17, 1923 – August 14, 2002) was an American artist, musician, filmmaker and occasional actor. Rivers resided and maintained studios in New York City, Southampton, Long Island, and Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Early life Larry Rivers was born in the Bronx to Samuel and Sonya Grossberg, Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. From 1940–1945 he worked as a jazz saxophonist in New York City, changing his name to Larry Rivers in 1940 after being introduced as "Larry Rivers and the Mudcats" at a local pub. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music in 1945–46, along with Miles Davis, with whom he remained friends until Davis's death in 1991. Training and career Larry Rivers in 1961 Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" and "Grandfather" of Pop art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. Rivers took up painting in 1945 and studied at the Hans Hofmann School from 1947–48. He earned a BA in art education from New York University in 1951. He was a pop artist of the New York School, reproducing everyday objects of American popular culture as art. He was one of eleven New York artists featured in the opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery in 1955. During the early 1960s Rivers lived in the Hotel Chelsea, notable for its artistic residents such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol's Factory and where he brought several of his French nouveau réalistes friends like Yves Klein who wrote there in April 1961 his Manifeste de l'hôtel Chelsea, Arman, Martial Raysse, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Christo, Daniel Spoerri or Alain Jacquet, several of whom left, like him, some pieces of art in the lobby of the hotel for payment of their rooms. In 1965 Rivers had his first comprehensive retrospective in five important American museums. His final work for the exhibition was The History of the Russian Revolution, which was later on extended permanent display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. During 1967 he was in London collaborating with the American painter Howard Kanovitz. In 1968, Rivers traveled to Africa for a second time with Pierre Dominique Gaisseau to finish their documentary Africa and I, which was a part of the groundbreaking NBC series Experiments in Television. During this trip they narrowly escaped execution as suspected mercenaries.[citation needed] During the 1970s Rivers worked closely with Diana Molinari and Michel Auder on many video tape projects, including the infamous Tits, and also worked in neon. Rivers's legs appeared in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 film Up Your Legs Forever. Personal life Rivers married Augusta Berger in 1945, and they had one son, Steven. Rivers also adopted Berger's son from a previous relationship, Joseph, and reared both children after the couple divorced. He married Clarice Price in 1961, a Welsh school teacher who cared for his two sons. Rivers and Clarice Price had two daughters, Gwynne and Emma. After six years, they separated. Shortly after, he lived and collaborated with Diana Molinari, who featured in many of his works of the 1970s. After that Rivers lived with Sheila Lanham, a Baltimore artist...
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1970s Contemporary Larry Rivers Art

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Pastel

The Last Civil War Veteran limited edition signed mixed media silkscreen collage
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers The Last Civil War Veteran, 1970 Silkscreen and mixed media collage on paper 29 × 19 3/4 inches Frame included Hand signed and numbered 55/100 in graphite pencil lower front 1970 Mixed media collage multiple based upon famous Larry Rivers 1961 painting "The Last Civil War Veteran'. (In 1979-80, Rivers reprised this theme with another edition of 125, but this is the original 1970 print from the limited edition of only 100) In 1962, the Museum of Modern Art acquired The Last Civil War Veteran and by early 1963 put it on view. 1963 marked the hundred-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Mixed Media, Screen, Laid Paper, Pencil, Graphite

French Menu "You Name it, I'll Draw It" (unique drawings on each side) Signed
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers French Menu, Cafe de Colombie, Champs-Elysees, Paris (double-sided), ca. 1969 Charcoal on paper. drawings on each side of the paper, Hand sig...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Graphite, Pencil

Living at the Movies
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color lithograph on Rives BFK. Signed, dated and numbered 64/175 in pencil by Rivers. Published by Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York.
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Color, Lithograph

Queen of Clubs, Playing Card by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Larry Rivers, American (1923 - 2002) Title: Queen of Clubs Year: 1979 Medium: Lithograph and Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: ...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Screen, Lithograph

Purim
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this scarce, early color lithograph with additions in pencil and crayon on Auvergne à la main (Richard de bas) ivory laid paper. Signed, dated and numbered 15/45 in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Robert Blackburn...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Crayon, Pencil, Color, Lithograph

Polish Rider
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color lithograph on Arches. Signed, dated and numbered 49/90 in pencil by Rivers. Printed by Styria Studio, Inc., New York, with the blind stamp lower left. Based on Rembrandt van Rijn's oil on canvas, "The Polish Rider," 1655, currently in the Frick Collection...
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1980s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Color, Lithograph

Stencil Camel
By Larry Rivers
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Larry Rivers Stencil Camel 1978 Color stencil and pochoir printed on acetate and color lithograph on two sheets 25 x 21 1/2 in. Artist's Proof (A.P.) of 25 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art. Condition: This work is in excellent condition. Frame: This work is framed in a wood frame. ABOUT THIS WORK: The logo of Camel cigarettes...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Stencil, Lithograph

Original Vintage Pop Art 1965 Collage Lithograph Larry Rivers Poster Brandeis
By Larry Rivers
Located in Surfside, FL
Larry Rivers Modernist mixed media "Brandeis Show Collage" work on cut paper. (this appears to be a vintage lithograph. It has a label that describes it as watercolor and charcoal on back. It is definitley hand cut.) Signed in several areas and stencilled across center. Work measures approx. 34 3/4" height x 20 3/4" width. Frame measures approx. 38 3/8" height x 26 1/4" width overall including frame. Silver paint loss on frame. Larry Rivers (born Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg) (1923 – 2002) was an American artist, musician, filmmaker, and occasional actor. Considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" and "Grandfather" of Pop art, he was one of the first artists to merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. Rivers took up painting in 1945 and studied at the Hans Hofmann School from 1947–48. He earned a BA in art education from New York University in 1951. His work was quickly acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. A 1953 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware was damaged in fire at the museum five years later. He was a pop artist of the New York School, reproducing everyday objects of American popular culture as art. He was one of eleven New York artists featured in the opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery in 1955 along with Paul Mommer, Leonard Baskin, Peter Grippe During the early 1960s Rivers lived in the Hotel Chelsea, notable for its artistic residents such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol Factory and where he brought several of his French nouveau réalistes friends like Yves Klein who wrote there in April 1961 his Manifeste de l'hôtel Chelsea, Arman, Martial Raysse, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Christo & Jean Claude, Daniel Spoerri or Alain Jacquet, several of whom, like Rivers, left some pieces of art in the lobby of the hotel for payment of their rooms. In 1965, Rivers had his first comprehensive retrospective in five important American museums. His final work for the exhibition was The History of the Russian Revolution, which was later on extended permanent display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. He spent 1967 in London collaborating with the American painter Howard Kanovitz. In 1968, Rivers traveled to Africa for a second time with Pierre Dominique Gaisseau to finish their documentary Africa and I, which was a part of the groundbreaking NBC series Experiments in Television. During this trip they narrowly escaped execution as suspected mercenaries. During the 1970s, Rivers worked closely with Diana Molinari and Michel Auder on many video tape projects, including the infamous Tits, and also worked in neon. Rivers's legs appeared in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 film Up Your Legs Forever. From 1940–1945 he worked as a jazz saxophonist in New York City, changing his name to Larry Rivers in 1940 after being introduced as "Larry Rivers and the Mudcats" at a local pub. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music in 1945–46, along with Miles Davis, with whom he remained friends until Davis's death in 1991. Larry Rivers was born in the Bronx to Samuel and Sonya Grossberg, Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. In 1945, he married Augusta Berger, and they had one son, Steven. Rivers also adopted Berger's son from a previous relationship, Joseph, and reared both children after the couple divorced. In 1949 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Jane Street Gallery in New York. This same year, he met and became friends with John Ashbery, and Kenneth Koch. In 1950 he met Frank O’Hara. This same year he took his first trip to Europe spending eight months in Paris, France, reading and writing poetry. Beginning in 1950 and continuing until Frank’s death in July of 1966, Larry Rivers and Frank O’Hara cultivated a uniquely creative friendship that produced numerous collaborations, as well as inspired paintings and poems. In 1951 Rivers’ works were shown at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery where he continued to show annually (except 1955) for about 10 years. In 1954 he had his first exhibition of sculptures at the Stable Gallery, New York. In 1955 The Museum of Modern Art acquired Washington Crossing the Delaware. This same year he won 3rd prize in the Corcoran Gallery national painting competition for “Self-Figure.” Rivers’ also painted “Double Portrait of Berdie” in 1955, which was soon purchased by the Whitney Museum. In 1957 he and Frank O’Hara began work on “Stones,” a collaborative mix of images and poetry in a series of lithograph for Tatyana Grosman’s company ULAE. During this time he also appeared on the television game show “The $64,000.00 Question” where along with another contestant, they both won, each receiving $32,000.00. In 1958 he again spent time in Paris and played in various jazz bands. In 1959 he painted Cedar Bar Menu...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

1970s Larry Rivers exhibition poster
By Larry Rivers
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Larry Rivers 1970s Exhibition Poster Published by: Robert Miller Gallery New York in 1977 Medium: Offset lithograph Dimensions: 32 × 30 inches Very good condition About Larry River...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph, Offset

London Underground
By Larry Rivers
Located in Lawrence, NY
Mixed media collage on London Underground map Larry Rivers was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, poet, and musician whose art stood at the crossr...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Mixed Media

"Bronx Zoo" lithograph and silk screen by Larry Rivers from "New York, New York"
By Larry Rivers
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Bronx Zoo" lithograph and silk screen by Larry Rivers from "New York, New York" portfolio published by New York Graphic Society. Numbered 5/250, signed Larry Rivers and dated '83 lo...
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1980s Contemporary Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Larry Rivers Lithograph "For Adults Only I" Corseted Nude Female
By Larry Rivers
Located in Detroit, MI
SALE ONE WEEK ONLY "For Adults Only I" is an exquisite offset lithograph print with colors of an alluring corseted and stockinged nude female in a confrontational pose filling the f...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph, Offset

Diana Raised 1
By Larry Rivers
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Diana Raised 1 Lithograph from four stones, 1970 Signed and dated lower right (see photo) Annotated "PP" for Printers Proof lower right (see photo) Publisher: ULAE ULAE blindstamp lo...
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1970s American Modern Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

1979 Larry Rivers '20th Anniversary Of Lincoln Center'
By Larry Rivers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 26 x 35 inches ( 66.04 x 88.9 cm ) Image Size: 26 x 35 inches ( 66.04 x 88.9 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: This image was created by Larry ...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Offset

Girlie
By Larry Rivers
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Larry Rivers (1923-2003) was a pioneering American artist and founding father of Pop Art. His combination of abstraction with commercial imagery was a precursor to the Pop Art moveme...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Foil

Carnegie Hall, Lithograph by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Larry Rivers Title: Carnegie Hall Year: 1990 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 4/60 Paper Size: 57 x 40 inches
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1990s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Spoleto Festival - Original Lithograph by Larry Rivers - 1988
By Larry Rivers
Located in Roma, IT
Spoleto Festival is an original lithograph on cardboard, realized by Larry Rivers in 1988. Signed on plate. Good conditions. Larry Rivers (1923 – 2...
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1980s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

"Big B Signs Up" 1976 signed Lithograph celebrating the Bicentennial 23/175
By Larry Rivers
Located in Southampton, NY
The work of controversial post-Abstract Expressionist artist Larry Rivers is in the collection most Major Museums. In 2021 a work of his sold at Sotheby's for over 2 Million Dollars. "Big B Signs Up...
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1970s Contemporary Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Fred and Ginger, Pop Art Lithograph by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Larry Rivers (American, 1923–2002) Title: Fred and Ginger Date: 1999 Medium: Lithograph, unsigned proof Paper Size: 40 x 35 in. (101.6 x 88.9 cm)
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1990s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Larry Rivers Modernist Male Figure Original Charcoal Mid 20th C.
By Larry Rivers
Located in San Francisco, CA
Larry Rivers (1923-2002) Modernist Male Figure Original Charcoal Mid 20th C. Rare charcoal portrait by American modernist painter Larry Rivers. Original charcoal on paper. Dimensions 17" x 22". The frame measures 29.5" x 34". Signed lower right. Very good condition. Figurative artist Larry Rivers was born in the Bronx in 1923 to Ukrainian Jewish parents, and was named Yitzak Loiza Grossberg. Rivers belonged to the second generation of the New York School of painters, although unlike most of his contemporaries he stayed away from abstraction instead preferring narrative paintings. Rivers attended Hans Hofmann's school for nearly two years. In 1949, he had his first solo show at the Jane Street Gallery, an artist's co-op in the Village. Rivers received favorable reviews and was invited to join the Tibor de Nagy...
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Larry Rivers Art

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Charcoal

Homage to Picasso
By Larry Rivers
Located in Boca Raton, FL
paper measures 26.5 x 30 inches. Edition PP 4/4 Painter, sculptor, poet, and musician Larry Rivers was an established figure in the New York School, recognized for creating large pa...
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20th Century Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Archival Paper

Homage to Pablo Picasso, Screenprint by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Larry Rivers, American (1923 - 2002) Title: Homage to Pablo Picasso Year: 1994 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 19/30 Image Size: 24 x 28 inches Siz...
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1990s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Screen

Big B Signs Up, Pop Art Lithograph by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Larry Rivers, American (1923 - 2002) Title: Big B Signs Up Year: 1977 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 44/175 Size: 19.5 in....
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Summer Pregnancy Drawing, Colored Pencil and Graphite Drawing by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Larry Rivers, American (1923 - 2002) Title: Summer Pregnancy Drawing Year: 1977 Medium: Colored pencil and graphite, signed Paper Size: 36.5 x 35 inches Frame Size: 44.5 x 4...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Graphite, Color Pencil

Hand and Foot '73
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers Hand and Foot '73, 1973 Die cut stencil 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches (sheet) 29 3/8 x 24 3/4 inches (frame) Signed recto Silver metal frame. Floa...
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1970s Contemporary Larry Rivers Art

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Paper, Stencil

Downtown Lion, Pop Art Etching by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Larry Rivers, American (1923 - 2002) Title: Downtown Lion Year: 1967 Medium: Etching on Wove paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 3/24 Image Size: 11.5 x 17.5 inches...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Etching

BIG B SIGNS UP
By Larry Rivers
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, dated and numbered by the artist. Original lithograph. Edition of 175. Framed. Additional images available upon request. Certificate of authenticity included. Artwork i...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Paper, Lithograph

The Last Civil War Veteran
By Larry Rivers
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Rivers, Larry Title: The Last Civil War Veteran Date: 1978 Medium: Lithograph Framed Dimensions: 52" x 44" Signature: Pencil signed
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1970s Post-War Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Drawing of singer Carly Simon
By Larry Rivers
Located in Miami, FL
Mixed Media on paper Signed lower right Provenance: Eckert Fine Art, Naples, Florida
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Mixed Media

For Adults Only, Lithograph by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Larry Rivers, American (1923 - 2002) Title: For Adults Only Year: 1971 Medium: Offset Lithograph with Collage on Two Sheets of Wove paper, signed and numbered in pencil Editi...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Pop Singer, Mixed Media and Plexiglass Sculpture by Larry Rivers
By Larry Rivers
Located in Long Island City, NY
This mixed media plexi sculpture by the American artist Larry Rivers is a modern take on portraiture. River's medium and use of vibrant colors are able to create a sense of playful...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Plexiglass, Mixed Media

Webster Cigar Box
By Larry Rivers
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Larry Rivers Webster Cigar Box 1964-66 Multiple of wood, canvas, paper, and plexiglass, with screen print, paint, and collage additions 13 3/16 x 15 15/16 x 1...
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1960s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Mixed Media

Map With Fraser
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
Larry Rivers Map With Fraser, 1966 screenprint, ed. of 14 25 x 20 1/4 in. (63.5 x 51.4 cm)
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1960s Modern Larry Rivers Art

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Screen

Early Chaplin
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
silkscreen edition of 150
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1990s Larry Rivers Art

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Screen

Webster's Birthday Cake
By Larry Rivers
Located in Missouri, MO
Cast Paper with Hand-Coloring 19 x 19 inches Signed and Numbered 4/15 *In Plexiglass Shadowbox Frame (27.5 x 27.5 inches) Figurative* artist Larry Rivers was born in the Bronx in 19...
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1980s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Mixed Media

Madame Butterfly
By Larry Rivers
Located in Missouri, MO
Lithograph and silkscreen, 1978 23 x 31 inches (image and sheet) 28 x 36 framed Signed, dated and numbered ed. 300 lower left Printed by Styria Studios Figurative* artist Larry Rive...
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1970s Pop Art Larry Rivers Art

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Lithograph

Sky Music Over Carnegie Hall
By Larry Rivers
Located in New York, NY
This screenprint from the Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary portfolio was created by the artist in 1990. From the signed edition of 60. Available for local...
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20th Century Contemporary Larry Rivers Art

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Screen

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Find a wide variety of authentic Larry Rivers art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Larry Rivers in lithograph, screen print, mixed media and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the Pop Art style. Not every interior allows for large Larry Rivers art, so small editions measuring 9 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Albert Al Hirschfeld, Tom Everhart, and Michael Knigin. Larry Rivers art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $100 and tops out at $45,000, while the average work can sell for $3,600.

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