i got to see some of Sotheby’s auction house catalogues containing listings of contemporary artwork. Larry Rivers caught my eye with his series of Dutch Master interpretations.

i got to see some of Sotheby’s auction house catalogues containing listings of contemporary artwork. Larry Rivers caught my eye with his series of Dutch Master interpretations. Check out these images. If you know what i know, these should be of significant cultural value. 🙂

Bio below quoted from  http://www.annalies.com

“Dutch Masters”, (1991), color screenprint, 31″ x 39″; 810x1010mm.  Signed, dated and numbered in brown crayon, lower right. Annotation verso, lower left.  Published by American Images, New York. A very good impression with vibrant colors. “Dutch Masters” is in a 45 1/2″ x 53 1/2″ stacked (2) contemporary soft satin black frame, with red/orange striping on the outer edges. The outer meringue linen, middle Beveled Accent ivory black and inner cream rag mats are acid and lignin free and protected with Acrylite-AR OP3 (UV) by CYRO ……… $6,500.00  ”

”  Larry Rivers (1923-2002) was an important 20th century artistic innovator.  He is considered by many as the painter and graphic artist who departed from the first generation Action Painters school, leading the way into what is known as ‘Pop Art’.  Rivers was influenced, as were many, by the Hans Hoffman School in the late 1940s and by de Kooning and Pollock..  Early on, Rivers often focused on the human figure, but, during the early 1950s, he became involved in Abstract Expressionism.  Figurative and an imaginative naturalism, however, sent him in a different artistic direction. Rivers developed a unique style that moved away from the Abstract Expressionist movement and into the realm of various art styles of the second half of the 20th century. He became one of the forerunners of Pop art and the second generation of the New York school.

Artists of the 1950s and 60s challenged the dominant Abstract Expressionist school by appropriating images and products of American popular culture into a new art form.  In place of the Abstract Expressionist brushstroke, Pop artists substituted flat, depersonalized imagery reflecting the banality of American culture.  Pop techniques were also appropriated from mass media or advertising; silkscreen was given its most brilliant expression by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Larry Rivers, among others. And, more than any other medium, printmaking had an affinity for a technology that was to become a dominant 20th century art form.”(annalies.com)

More images available at http://www.artnet.com/ and http://www.all-art.org/

Also, there are interesting articles on him at

http://www.litkicks.com/LarryRivers

and

http://www.hamptons.com/detail.php?articleID=4555

You can also read a thorough obituary from ArtForum contributor Barbara Rose at http://findarticles.com

and the NY Times obituary at http://www.nytimes.com

To order a monograph in which he discusses the Dutch Masters series, click HERE

There are a bunch more of these, but hard to find high res images. hit me if you got em!!

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March 18, 2010

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