Larry Rivers 1923 - 2002

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Larry Rivers - House of cards: blue door, 1990
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Prints & Multiples Online
April 2024
Bonhams, Paris (Online Auction)
Est.: 800 - 1.200 EUR
Realised: not available
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Larry Rivers - Portrait of Leonard Bernstein
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Post-War to Present
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 6.300 USD
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Larry Rivers - Jack of Spades
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Larry Rivers - Africa
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Online
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 15.360 USD
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Larry Rivers - Matisse: The Dance
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Online
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 10.880 USD
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Larry Rivers - Webster Golden Tales
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Prints & Photographs
January 2024
Bonhams, Skinner Boston (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Realised: 640 USD
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Larry Rivers - Sky Music and Carnegie Hall, from Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary Portfolio
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 500 - 700 USD
Realised: 486 USD
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Larry Rivers - Three Plates, from Boston Massacre (3 works)
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Larry Rivers - The Founding Fathers (Study for Mural)
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20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, New York
December 2023
Phillips, 7 -
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 3.556 USD
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Larry Rivers - Double French Money, From Four On Plexiglas
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Graphic Century
November 2023
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 2.394 USD
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Larry Rivers - Summer
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 100.800 USD
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Larry Rivers - Europe II
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 201.600 USD
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The artist Larry Rivers

  • US pop artist who went through several style changes.
  • First studied music and made a name for himself as a jazz saxophonist.
  • One of the most famous works is a reinterpretation of »Washington Crossing the Delaware«.

American artist Larry Rivers was born Yitzhok Loiza Grossberg in New York City in 1923. Today he is best known for his contributions to the Pop Art movement and is considered one of the early pioneers of the genre.

Rivers was also a musician - after performing as a jazz saxophonist from 1940, he studied at the Juilliard School of Music from 1945 to 1946. There he adopted the pseudonym Larry Rivers, by which he is still known today. During this time, the young musician also developed an interest in painting, which led him to study at the Hans Hofmann School (1947-1948) and at New York University (1949-1951), where he was taught by the abstract expressionist William Baziotes.

Although Rivers initially identified with this style, figurative painting found its way into his work shortly before the end of this second course of study. In the following decade, he also turned to sculpture - sculptures in plaster, metal, and cement began to play a role in Rivers' oeuvre. Then came Pop Art: assemblages of mass-produced objects (packaging, banknotes) - with these techniques and his style, he was officially assigned to the New York School.

In the early 1960s, the budding Pop Art star spent a brief period in Paris, where he collaborated with the kinetic artist Jean Tinguely. In 1967, Rivers stayed in London to work with the photorealist painter and printmaker Howard Kanovitz. During this decade, the artist again changed his technique, using materials such as wood and cardboard and incorporating electric light. He participated in documenta III in 1964 and in the 4th documenta in 1968.

In the 1970s, Rivers changed again: spray cans and airbrush were increasingly part of his toolkit, and he finally turned to video and film art. His malleability was well received by the art world, and he was shown again at the 1977 documenta.

Rivers also gained recognition for his controversial and provocative works. One of his most famous works is Washington Crossing the Delaware, a reinterpretation of the historic painting by Emanuel Leutze. In his version, Rivers included various contemporary figures, including himself, as a commentary on the state of American society. Rivers died in New York on August 14, 2002, just 3 days shy of his 79th birthday.

Der Künstler Larry Rivers

  • US-amerikanischer Pop-Art-Künstler, der mehrere Stilwechsel durchlief.
  • Studierte zuerst Musik und machte sich als Jazz-Saxophonist einen Namen.
  • Ein bekanntes Werk ist die Neuinterpretation von »Washington Crossing the Delaware«.

Der US-amerikanische Künstler Larry Rivers kam 1923 als Yitzhok Loiza Grossberg in New York City auf die Welt. Heute ist er vor allem für seine Beiträge zur Pop-Art-Bewegung bekannt und gilt als einer der frühen Pioniere dieses Genres.

Rivers war auch Musiker – nachdem er bereits ab 1940 als Jazz-Saxophonist aufgetreten war, studierte er von 1945 bis 1946 an der Juilliard School of Music. Dort nahm er das Pseudonym Larry Rivers an, unter dem er auch heute noch bekannt ist. Schon währenddessen interessierte sich der junge Musiker auch für die Malerei und so schloss er direkt ein Studium an der Hans Hofmann School (1947 bis 1948) und an der New York University (1949 bis 1951) an, wo ihn der abstrakte Expressionist William Baziotes unterrichtete. 

Zwar identifizierte sich Rivers folglich zunächst auch mit der Stilrichtung, doch schon kurz vor Ende dieses Zweitstudiums fand die figurative Malerei Einzug in sein Werk. Im folgenden Jahrzehnt wandte er sich außerdem der Bildhauerei zu – Skulpturen aus Gips, Metall und Zement spielten fortan eine Rolle in Rivers’ Œuvre. Dann kam die Pop-Art ins Spiel: Assemblagen aus Massenartikeln (Verpackungen, Banknoten) – mit diesen Techniken und seinem Stil zählte man ihn offiziell zur New York School.

Zu Beginn der 1960er Jahre verbrachte der angehende Pop-Art-Star eine kurze Zeit in Paris, wo er mit dem kinetischen Künstler Jean Tinguely zusammenarbeitete. 1967 hielt Rivers sich in London auf, um mit dem fotorealistischen Maler und Grafiker Howard Kanovitz zu kollaborieren. In diesem Jahrzehnt änderte der Künstler seine Technik erneut: Er griff auf Materialien wie Holz und Karton zurück und integrierte auch elektrisches Licht. 1964 war er auf der documenta III und 1968 auch auf der 4. documenta vertreten.

Die 1970er Jahre bescherten Rivers wieder einen Wandel: Spraydosen und Airbrush zählten zunehmend zu seinem Instrumentarium und schließlich wandte er sich auch der Video- und Filmkunst zu. Seine Wandelbarkeit kam in der Kunstwelt gut an, sodass er 1977 erneut auf der documenta zu sehen war.

Rivers erlangte auch Anerkennung für seine kontroversen und provokativen Werke. Eines seiner bekanntesten Werke ist Washington Crossing the Delaware, eine Neuinterpretation des historischen Gemäldes von Emanuel Leutze. In seiner Version fügte Rivers verschiedene zeitgenössische Figuren, darunter auch sich selbst, als Kommentar zum Zustand der amerikanischen Gesellschaft ein. Rivers starb am 14. August 2002 in New York, nur 3 Tage vor seinem 79. Geburtstag.

Larry Rivers - Camel Quartet
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 600 - 900 USD
Realised: 762 USD
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Larry Rivers - Double French Money, from Four on Plexi
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Prints & Multiples
October 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 2.560 USD
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Larry Rivers - M in Smoke
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Post-War to Present
September 2023
Christies, London
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 94.500 USD
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Larry Rivers - Dutch Masters
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Evening & Day Editions
September 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 600 - 800 GBP
Realised: 635 GBP
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Larry Rivers - Queen of Diamonds
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Post-War to Present
September 2023
Christies, London
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 94.500 USD
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Larry Rivers - Webster
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Prints & MultiplesSummer Splash
August 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 600 - 800 USD
Realised: 384 USD
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Larry Rivers - Cigar Box
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Prints & MultiplesSummer Splash
August 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Larry Rivers - Study for Last Civil War Veteran
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Online
July 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 19.200 USD
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Larry Rivers - Queen of Clubs
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Online
July 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 48.000 USD
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Larry Rivers - Sans titre, Hommage à Picasso
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Picassomania
June 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 400 - 600 EUR
Realised: not available
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Larry Rivers - Fashion seated
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Art contemporain - Vente du jour
June 2023
Christies, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 16.380 EUR
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Larry Rivers - The Cultured Box: four works
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 800 - 1.200 GBP
Realised: 508 GBP
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