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Larry Rivers: Art and the Artist by Larry…

Larry Rivers: Art and the Artist

by Larry Rivers, David C. Levy (Foreword), Barbara Rose, Jacquelyn Days Serwer

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Following an extended foreword by David C Levy are two essays: Larry Rivers - Painter of the Modern Life by Barbara Rose; and Larry Rivers and His "Smorgasbord of the Recognizable" by Jacquelyn Days Sewer. These are followed by the plates which run from pages 89 to 171; the book concludes with a Chronology, list of One-Man Exhibitions and finally Public Exhibitions.

The interesting essays provide quite personalised accounts of the artist, his life and his work, and both follow a chronological progression. They are illustrated throughout with photographs of Rivers and his friends and family as well as examples of his work. The plates are mostly produced to full page size, some occupying a double page; the concluding biography is illustrated with personal black and white photographs. About ninety full colour reproductions along with over fifty black and white images, mainly photographs, illustrate the book. The colour plates are very well produced, and a few of the black and white photos are reproduced full page or even double page size and are striking. This is altogether a most attractive generously sized volume, well designed and produced and with illuminating text; a very worth while book. ( )
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Levy, David C.Forewordmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Rose, Barbaramain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Published in association with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, USA this is a major retrospective of Larry Rivers. Rivers, one of the original Pop artists on the 1950s art scene, is known for his rich and eclectic style. Inspired by sources as diverse as the impressionists, Napoleon and Hollywood movies, Rivers' work shows a keen sense of history and adventurous spirit. He was active not only in the visual arts but also in jazz, poetry and theatre. Rivers was a pivotal figure linking together the art scenes in Paris and New York. Still going strong at age 76, he remains the key artist in the East Hampton, New York scene where he lives and works. David Levy, director of the Corcoran and long-standing friend of Larry Rivers contributes the introduction, distinguished art critic Barbara Rose has written the lead essay and an additional essay on the themes of Rivers' work has been contributed by Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Chief Curator at the Corcoran Gallery.

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