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© Estate of Larry RIvers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Photo: Dan Wayne

Larry Rivers
Born 1925 in Bronx, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY, and in Southampton, NY
Frank O’Hara, 1955
oil paint on paper
28 1/2 x 21 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1998.5
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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.