September 12, 2011
Larry Zox: Collage Paintings from the 1960s – Providing rare insight into the work of a prolific American painter
In the early 1970s Larry Zox reached a level in the world of art that only a handful of artists ever reach. It was a major solo exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1973, which, for some, catapulted Zox and his unique style into global art prominence.
Now, as a celebration of Larry Zox and his ground-breaking art, the Stephen Haller Gallery in New York is exhibiting some rare collage paintings from the late artist’s personal collection of the 1960s.
The Stephen Haller Gallery focuses on exhibiting paintings of an evocative slant, and Zox’s signature style of the splicing of a colour field to give the sensation of shifting planes, certainly falls into the gallery’s commitment to displaying artwork of a redolent nature.
Talking about the rare and early paintings of Zox’s displayed at the Stephen Haller Gallery, the exhibition’s curator James Monte says that the collages are, “extremely graphic and take advantage of spatial jumps alternately back into an illusionary picture plane and forward into the viewer’s space.”
Despite being classified as an Abstract Expressionist, Colour Field painter and Lyrical Abstractionist, the American painter and printmaker, who died in 2006, did not readily use these categories for his work.
Instead Zox’s work revealed an individualism and brio that brought a unique contribution to American art of the twentieth century.
In recent months some of the most important art museums in the world have been focusing on Larry Zox and the influence he had on the world of art. Zox’s paintings recently featured as part of an exhibition dedicated to post war abstract painting at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, whilst two other exhibitions held in New York also focused on Larry Zox’s paintings and his unique use of colour.
For more information on Zox’s rare collages on display at the Stephen Haller Gallery, and for other forthcoming exhibitions, visit stephenhallergallery.com.