A key transitional figure in post-war contemporary art, Larry Rivers used elements of representation and abstraction to ambitiously bridge the gap between Abstract Expressionism and Pop art. In Africa I, 1961–62, from The collection of Mrs. John L. Marion, Rivers harnesses abstraction for a sociopolitical end, and like Warhol, uses imagery to expose something unrealized about American culture. Throughout his career Rivers drew from historical sources, melding these together with commercial and personal references to enrich his subject matter and to make his work accessible.
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Larry Rivers Takes to the Canvas to Make a Powerful Statement
New York | 12 May