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August 9th, 2013
The Larry Rivers Foundation supports Guild Hall

Larry Rivers’ hand worked print “Brushed Camel” was donated to Guild Hall for their annual Gala/Fundraiser. The estimated value for the print was $2,500. By the end of the bidding the work sold for $30,000! It was an exciting evening. The bidding was feverish, affirming an underlying enthusiasm for Rivers' art that we expect to see surfacing much more in the not too distant future.

July 11, 2013
Art Hamptons Honors Larry Rivers' 90th Birthday with Rivers' Fashion Show

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404 E 14
Works by 16 Artists who have at one time lived or had studios at 404 E 14th Street in NYC.

June 20th - August 2nd
Opening reception Thursday, June 20th, 5-7pm

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
724 Fifth Avenue (between 56th - 57th)
12th floor
NY, NY 10019

Organized by Tom Burckhardt
The exhibition will comprise paintings, sculpture, and photographs by the various artists, in addition to films, correspondence, poetry and ephemera relating to the history of the building and its inhabitants.

Crossings: Larry Rivers & His Milieu
A Symposium

Celebrating the acquisition, processing, and opening of the Larry Rivers Papers for study and research at New York University's Fales Library & Special Collections

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Fales Library & Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor
New York, NY

9am to 10:30am
Panel One: Art
with David Levy, Frank Bowling, Barbara Goldsmith, David Joel, Helen Harrison (moderator)

11am to 12:30pm
Panel Two: Literary and Artistic Social Circles
with Bill Berkson, Jenni Quilter, Rob Slifkin, Daniel Kane (moderator)

2pm to 3:30pm
Panel Three: Poetry
with Eileen Myles, Brad Gooch, Daniel Kane, Marvin J. Taylor (moderator)

4pm to 5:30pm
Panel Four: Jazz
with David Amram, Eric Charry, Howard Brofsky, David Levy (moderator)

Evening Reception
5:30pm to 7pm
Opening reception for Crossings: Larry Rivers & His Milieu, an exhibition in the Tracey/Barry Gallery curated by Nicholas Martin

New Date: November 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm
University Art Gallery
Staller Center for the Arts

Few American artists have been as consistent in their literary interests as Larry Rivers, whose personal and professional associations with poets, playwrights, and other authors is the subject of “The Literary Larry,” an illustrated lecture by Helen A. Harrison, guest curator of the current exhibition “Larry Rivers: Collaborations and Appropriations.”

Ms. Harrison is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton. Her monograph on Rivers was published by Harper & Row in 1984. She will discuss some of Rivers’ literary sources, and explore his continuing fascination with narrative at a time when such content was being ruthlessly expunged from painting. The talk will feature slides of his work and selected writings by some of his friends and colleagues, including Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, and Kenneth Koch, as well as Rivers’ own poetry and excerpts from his 1992 memoir, “What Did I Do?”, written with the playwright and librettist Arnold Weinstein.

Following the talk there will be a screening of “Pull My Daisy,” a 1959 film by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, narrated by Jack Kerouac, featuring Larry Rivers, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Alice Neel, Peter Orlovsky, and David Amram.

April 26 - June 15, 2012

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
Larry Rivers Later Works

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 26, 5-7pm

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
724 Fifth Avenue (between 56th - 57th)
12th floor
NY, NY 10019

The majority of the works assembled for this exhibition were done in the last two decades of the artist’s life, between the 1980s and late 1990s. They follow his ongoing exploration of a wide and disparate range of subject matter, including the legacy of the Holocaust and themes of remembrance. He completed a series of works on his family, and portraits of artists he admired, Balthus, Picasso, Mondrian, among them. He also paid homage to his heroes from the Golden Age of cinema in a group of affectionate portraits of Fred Astaire, Groucho Marx, and Charlie Chaplin.

March 17 – June 10, 2012

“O’Hara Nude with Boots” will be included in the “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum from March 17 to June 10, 2012. Tacoma is the final stop for the exhibition, which debuted at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery last year. More information on the exhibit is noted below:

“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present the first major museum exhibition showing how questions of gender and sexual identity have dramatically shaped the creation of modern American portraiture. “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” will be on view at the museum Oct. 30 through Feb. 13, 2011.

Long before the advent of today’s gay and lesbian movement there were many examples of art—paintings, sculptures, water colors, prints and photographs—that acknowledged a variety of sexual identities. This exhibition features artists and sitters with a range of identities, from exclusively same-sex to exclusively heterosexual.

“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” will consider such themes as the role of sexual difference in depicting modern Americans, how artists have explored the definition of sexuality and gender, how major themes in modern art—especially abstraction—were influenced by this form of marginalization and how art reflected society’s changing attitudes.

“The exhibition is titled, ‘Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture’ because those with different sexual identities—who are of, but not fully a part of, the society they portrayed—occupied a position of influential marginality,” said David C. Ward, co-curator of the exhibition and National Portrait Gallery historian. “From this vantage point they crafted innovative and revolutionary ways of painting portraits. Society’s attempt to forbid them forced them to resist by developing new visual ways to code, disguise and express their subjects’ identities—and also their own.”

The installation begins with late 19th-century works by Thomas Eakins and John Singer Sargent and charts 20th-century portraiture with 105 major works by masters, including Romaine Brooks, George Bellows, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O’Keeffe. It continues through the postwar period with works by Larry Rivers, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Agnes Martin and Andy Warhol. The exhibition addresses the impact of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the AIDS epidemic and the advent of postmodernist attention to identities, indicating how portraiture repeatedly negotiated seismic shifts in American culture and society.

“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” continues through to the end of the 20th century with major works by artists such as Keith Haring, Glenn Ligon, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Wojnarowicz and Catherine Opie.

“‘Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture’ surveys more than 100 years of compelling expressions of American art,” said Martin Sullivan, director of the museum. “This exhibition reveals another layer of American social history, one that greatly influenced these artists’ work and American art as a whole.”

January 15 - March 5, 2011

Tibor de Nagy Gallery Painters and Poets

Exhibition celebrates gallery's pivotal role in launching New York School of poets and fostering collaboration between painters and poets in post-war New York.

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
724 Fifth Avenue (between 56th - 57th)
12th floor
NY, NY 10019

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery marks its 60th anniversary with TIBOR DE NAGY GALLERY PAINTERS AND POETS, an exhibition celebrating the gallery’s pivotal role in launching the New York School of Poets and fostering a new collaborative ethos among poets and painters in post-War New York. The exhibition focuses on the gallery’s first two decades, the 1950s and ‘60s, when its vibrant, salon-like atmosphere and director John Bernard Myers’ passion for both art and poetry gave birth to these unique partnerships. The show features paintings by Larry Rivers, Helen Frankenthaler, Alfred Leslie, Trevor Winkfield, Nell Blaine, Joe Brainard, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, Jane Freilicher and Fairfield Porter; poetry collections published by the gallery’s imprint, Tibor de Nagy Editions, and featuring work by Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Barbara Guest and others, with illustrations by Tibor de Nagy artists; photographs and films by Rudy Burckhardt; letters, announcement cards and other ephemera; and archival photographs of leading cultural figures of the day by John Gruen and Fred McDarrah.

October 3 - April 25th 2011

Abstract Expressionist New York

We are very pleased to inform everyone that for the first time in many years, you will have an opportunity to see Larry Rivers’ seminal painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware”, 1953, at the Museum of Modern Art. This is the work that Rivers created (in part) to confront the Abstract Expressionists. In a July 1953 letter to Frank O’Hara, Rivers writes, “…Soon Birdie a portrait of a lady will vanish and I can't wait to start the most controversial painting of our time.” The work proved to be highly controversial and in many ways offered artists an opportunity to consider subject matter as a way to move beyond the dominant ideologies of the Abstract Expressionists.

Many years after excluding Larry Rivers from his groundbreaking 1970 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Henry Geldzahler conceded that he made a mistake and should have included Rivers in the exhibit. In a late 80’s televised interview with Rivers, Geldzahler talks about leaving Rivers out of the exhibit, “ … In truth it was a confusion in part created by your independence… I see now that (the 1953 painting) ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’ changed the way and entire generation thought about what was allowable subject matter.”

In his ’92 autobiography “What Did I Do?” Rivers says, “The idea of Larry Rivers was born with Washington Crossing the Delaware.”

"Drawn entirely from the MoMA’s collection, “Abstract Expressionist New York” underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950's, and left as its legacy some of the twentieth century’s greatest masterpieces. Galleries on the fourth floor present Abstract Expressionist paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and archival materials in a display subtitled The Big Picture, marking the first time in the history of the new Museum building that a full floor has been devoted to a single theme.”

Larry’s inclusion in this exhibition is an affirming moment for the Foundations determined efforts to reinvigorate interest in Rivers’ brilliant and influential legacy. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this masterpiece, acquired by the MoMA in 1955.

September 16th, 2010

NYU Libraries Acquires the Larry Rivers Papers

We are pleased to announce that the Larry Rivers Papers have been acquired by the New York University Division of Libraries, which will make them available to researchers and scholars throughout NYU and beyond. The papers were officially delivered to NYU on September 17th 2010.

Larry purposefully documented his life and work. The papers are voluminous—250 cubic feet of correspondence, manuscripts, essays, lectures, eulogies, journals, interviews, sketches, photographs, and more than 500 hours of moving image that includes documentaries, interviews with fellow artists and performers, and feature films. There is also a significant collection of preparatory documents for Larry's work.

Among the highlights is Larry's correspondence over many years with poet Frank O'Hara and art dealer and publisher John Bernard Meyers.

Why NYU Libraries?

From among the number of cultural institutions interested in acquiring the Larry Rivers Papers, the Foundation chose NYU for several reasons. NYU is Larry's alma mater (BA, Art Education, 1951) and Greenwich Village was the environment in which he became an artist and forged the connections reflected in his papers.

Most significantly, NYU’s brilliant faculty will foster new insight into Larry's centrality to the New York art scene, deepen understanding of his artistic and literary influence, and introduce him to a succession of new audiences. We are delighted that NYU Libraries will provide the opportunity for this material to do what Larry expected all of his work to do: generate new dialogue and new ideas.

With its archival and preservation experts in all media, NYU Libraries has the expertise to process the papers and make them accessible. They have undertaken a fundraising campaign to support this labor intensive and very specialized work.

The Rivers papers are an organic fit with the collections of NYU's Fales Library, which in the 1960s began archiving material from the New York art world. The Downtown Collection of avant-garde art, performance, music and literature, the most heavily used collection in Fales Library, documents the vitality, energy and originality of New York artists from Larry’s era to the present day.

The Larry Rivers Foundation and NYU Libraries will work closely to produce symposia, exhibitions and related publications. NYU’s downtown New York location, focus on New York arts, commitment to experimental literature and arts, archival expertise and public outreach make it the perfect place to process, preserve, and provide access to Larry's papers and foster greater understanding of him as a major force in contemporary art.

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