Larry Rivers American (1923 - 2002)
Girlie (/100), 1970
Screenprint and collage on foil faced board
18 x 28 in
This rare collaged print is hand signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 22/100. Good condition with no fading, or damage to the paper. Collage element has slightly lifted from the background, but does not affect the image. In good condition overall. Published by Marlborough Graphics, NY Printed by Styria Studio, NY Signed "Rivers" and numbered "22/100", middle right. Framed. Examples of this work can be seen in the collections of: Tate, London; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts. Larry Rivers was one of the most brash and brilliant figures of the post-war American art-world, an enfant terrible of the New York School, who rebelled against his Abstract Expressionist masters without ever abandoning the bold, gestural painting style he had learned in the painting classes of Hans Hoffman. A brilliant figurative artist who was seduced by the pop culture of the sixties, Rivers was adopted by the Pop Art generation of Warhol et al, but his continuing investment in an idea of the artist's touch (seen in works such as “Girlie”), and his unique, expressive compositional style, meant that he never sat comfortably in that category either. While there is no doubting Warhol's assertion that Rivers's personality was "very Pop", he ultimately occupies a tricky and liminal position in the modern art world, on the boundary of abstraction and figuration, the serious and the throwaway, the Modernist and the Pop: of what the critic Clement Greenberg famously distinguished as "Avant-Garde and Kitsch". Rivers got his start as a printmaker, alongside names such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. During the 60s and 70s, work by these artists revitalized printmaking as a valid and integral vehicle for vanguard artists and had a resounding impact on their pop followers. Rivers introduced into American Art an iconography based on the real world and literal scale.