Larry Rivers American (1923 - 2002)
Art at the Armory: Homage to Marcel Duchamp (/500), 1988
Color lithograph on wove paper
35 x 24 in
Signed "Larry Rivers", lower right. Dated in the plate "January 27-31 1988", lower left. Edition of 500, of which 100 were signed by the artist, unnumbered. Published by Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), New York. Rivers was the first artist invited to work at ULAE; when he arrived in 1957, the minimal working conditions included a single press and part-time printers. His first project, with the poet Frank O’Hara, entitled Stones, 1957-1960, fulfilled Tatyana Grosman’s goal of encouraging artists and writers to collaborate in the studio. Subsequent prints, such as French Money, 1963, and Lucky Strike II, 1963 show Rivers developing the historically allusive figuration for which he is best known. As Rivers’ sophistication as a printmaker developed, so did the technical abilities of ULAE’s facility and staff. Rivers’s Art at the Armory: Homage to Marcel Duchamp from 1988 was created for the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Armory Show in 1913. The Armory Show, also known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art, was a show organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors in 1913. It was the first large exhibition of modern art in America, as well as one of the many exhibitions that have been held in the vast spaces of U.S. National Guard armories. The show became an important event in the history of American art, introducing astonished Americans, who were accustomed to realistic art, to the experimental styles of the European avant garde, including Fauvism and Cubism. The show served as a catalyst for American artists, who became more independent and created their own artistic language.