1925 in Bronx, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY, and in Southampton, NY
|Frank O’Hara, 1955|
paint on paper
28 1/2 x 21 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
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|Rivers was known as one of America's leading Pop artists,
helping shape American art in the 1950s and 1960s by painting humorous images
of American culture. He studied with Hans Hofmann, taking his theories of
color and form to heart, but adding narrative content. He rebelled against
the pure abstraction that was becoming the dominant mode in American art.
This work pays tribute to Frank O'Hara (1926–66), a gifted New York
poet who was friends with many New York School painters.