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Larry Poons/ Lawrence Poons

United States 1937

Abstract Art, Abstract Expressionism, Op Art

Larry Poons
Lawrence Poons
Male
United States
1937
July 29, 2013

The notable art practice of Larry Poons is marked with continuous examination of the media of painting. The artist has extensively passed through various stages of experimentation and aesthetically flirted with different styles. The ongoing focus on the formal issues suggests the primary concern for the relations between pictorial elements within the canvas. The light and the color seem to be in the service of composition which is being perceived as an live organism. A peculiar approach to dynamism and harmony is of great importance to the artist so the whole agenda is a plunge in the hidden realms of painterly experience.

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Larry Poons – Untitled, 1971, detail – image via sothebys

Musician Turned Painter

Larry Poons was born in 1937 in New York. In 1955, he started attending the New England Conservatory of Music, and two years later transferred to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and also studied at the Art Students League of New York. In 1963 Poons had his first solo exhibition at famed Green Gallery, and just two years after his work was included in MoMA’s celebrated exhibition, The Responsive Eye. In 1981 the MFA Boston organized an exhibition of his paintings from the 1970s. The work of Larry Poons is included in major museum and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Specific approach to coloring and forms as an extension of past experiments

The artist was in contact with all the major figures from the world of arts
Larry Poons – Rupadeo, 1990 – image via liveaucttioneers

The Right Place In Right Time

Poons found himself in a period of flourishing avant-garde activity in New York’s slightly after the first wave of Abstract Expressionism. Namely, the artist moved to New York in 1958, at age 21, and soon met and befriended
Barnett Newman, who’s work inspired him greatly. The other relevant person was curator Henry Geldzahler, who encouraged Poons to simplify his work and introduced him to the geometric abstractions of Frank Stella. At this early stage, his works were mostly done in a geometric Op art style that drew ideas from both Bauhaus and Minimalist theory, while by the mid-sixties, he moved away from the optical, scientific aspect of his work and toward a more poetic and painterly direction.

Cropping, format, and scale are important components in paintings of Larry Poons

Robert Pincus-Witten wrote an essay about his view on Poons’s paintings which can be found on line
Larry Pooons – The Compression Sisters, 1997 – image via pap.brussels

The Technique of Choice

After seeing the exhibition of Jules Olitski at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1969, Poons realized that expanded artistic possibilities allowed for more unconventional processes, and that is how he appropriated the expressionistic drip style. These new horizons led the artist to explore surface effects of paint on canvas, so he began to pour, slosh, and drip paint onto the surface; first on the floor and later tacked up to the wall. The move to the wall proved integral, as there he could experiment with the effects of gravity as it pulled paint down the canvas, producing a powerful directional layout. The use of long rolls of canvas was in charge so that he would cut only after the paint had dried, that was reminiscent of the work of Jackson Pollock.

Devoted to depth and direct surface resonance

American gallery howard Loretta displayed some of his early optical works on a public view
Larry Poons – Glass Coach Louisville, 2007 – image via pap.brussels

The Other Side of Larry Poons

Despite the fact Poons didn’t finished the Music Conservatorium, he never quit music. Namely, he played guitar with The Druds, a short-lived avant-garde noise music art band that featured prominent members of the New York proto-conceptual art and minimal art community in the early 1960s. The artist was deeply inspired by then rising musicians and composers such as LaMonte Young, Phil Glass, and Steve Reich. The other passion which triggered Larry Poons are vintage motorcycles. He was even given given special awards from the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), including the 500 cc Hailwood Cup in 1998 and 2003, and the 2003 John & Ginny Demoisey Trophy for road racing couples, with his wife, painter Paula DeLuccia.

Larry Poons is one of the notable figures of Post War period

Larry Poons - Untitled, 2016 - image via contemporaryartdaily
Larry Poons – Untitled, 2016 – image via contemporaryartdaily

The Impressive Art Practice

Although the work of Larry Poons is is associated with Op Art, Hard-edge painting, Color Field painting, Lyrical Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism, during the course of years he has developed authentic art practice. Interestingly, the artist has taught at The Art Students League from 1966-1970 and since 1997 until present he teaches there. The concise and focused activity of Larry Poons is abstract and allows a multitude of readings, yet his intense microcosm shows the artist’s immense energy and employment of astonishing rhythmic vitality.

Larry Poons lives and works in New York.

Featured image: Portrait of Larry Poons – image courtesy of Pinterest
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016Larry Poons - Choral FantasyDanese and Loretta Howard GallerySolo
2016Larry PoonsMichael Jon & Alan, MiamiSolo
2013UntitledDanese and Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2013Larry Poons: Legendary, Contrary Selected Paintings 1975-2012Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, AmherstSolo
2012Larry PoonsMark Borghi Fine Art, Palm BeachSolo
2011Larry PoonsDanese and Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011Larry PoonsLori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NYSolo
2011Larry PoonsSAGG, New Berlin, NYSolo
2010Larry PoonsEsther Massry Gallery, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NYSolo
2010Larry PoonsLoretta Howard, New York, NY 2009 Danese, New York, NYSolo
2008Larry PoonsJacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008Larry PoonsDanese, New York, NYSolo
2008Larry PoonsBernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2008Larry PoonsGallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FLSolo
2005Larry Poons Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2004Larry PoonsJacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2002Larry PoonsBernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2001Larry PoonsSalander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY 2000 Galeria Metta, Madrid, SpainSolo
2001Larry PoonsTheo Waddington Gallery, Boca Raton, FL Perrella Gallery, Johnstown, NYSolo
1998Larry PoonsSalander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NYSolo
1997Larry PoonsArt in Public, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1997Larry EvansJames Willis and Fredrick Spatt Gallery, San Jose, CA Claudia Carr Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1996Larry PoonsSalander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY Frederick Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CASolo
1995Larry PoonsRuth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NYSolo
1994Larry Poons Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY Frederick Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CASolo
1993Larry PoonsUniversity of Miami, Miami, FLSolo
1992Larry PoonsSalander-O'Reilly Galleries, Berlin, Germany Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NYSolo
1991Larry Poons Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Beverly Hills, CASolo
1991Larry PoonsGallerias Afinsa-Lagasca and Afinsa-Almirante, Madrid, SpainSolo
1991Larry PoonsMeredith Long & Co., Houston, TXSolo
1990 Larry PoonsHelander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL Salander-O'Reillly Galleries, New York, NYSolo
1989Larry Poons Gallery One, Toronto, Canada Galerie Montaigne, Paris, FranceSolo
1988Larry PoonsAndre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1986Larry PoonsAndre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY Gallery One, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1985Larry PoonsAndre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY 1984 Gallery One, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1983Larry PoonsAndre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1982 Larry PoonsAndre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY Meredith Long & Co., Houston, TXSolo
1982Larry PoonsGallery One, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1982Larry PoonsTheo Waddington Gallery, Montreal, Canada Hett Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaSolo
1981Larry Poons Galerie Ninety-Nine, Bay Harbor Islands, FL Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1981Larry PoonsRichard Hines Gallery, Seattle, WA Gallery One, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1980Larry PoonsGalerie Ulysses, Vienna, AustriaSolo
1980Larry PoonsAndre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1980Larry PoonsGallery One, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1980Larry PoonsGalerie Artline, The Hague, The Netherlands Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MASolo
1980Larry PoonsAndre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1980Larry PoonsGallery One, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1979Larry Poons Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY Amerika Haus, Berlin, GermanySolo
1979Larry PoonsAmerika Haus, Hannover, Germany Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, KSSolo
1978Larry PoonsGalerie Ninety-Nine, Bay Harbour Islands, FL M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NYSolo
1977Larry Poons Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1977Larry PoonsM. Knoedler & Co., New York, NYSolo
1977Larry PoonsWatson de Nagy, Houston, TXSolo
1977Larry PoonsKnoedler Contemporary Art, New York, NYSolo
1976Larry PoonsDavid Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, Canada Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1976Larry PoonsM. Knoedler & Co., New York, NYSolo
1975Larry Poons Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1975Larry PoonsGalerie Andre Emmerich, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
1974Larry PoonsEdmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, CanadaSolo
1974Larry PoonsGalerie La Bertesca, Dusseldorf, Germany Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York, NYSolo
1973Larry PoonsKnoedler Contemporary Art, New York, NY Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1972Larry Poons Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York, NY David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1971Larry PoonsLawrence Rubin Gallery, New York, NY Kasmin Ltd., London, UKSolo
1970Larry PoonsLawrence Rubin Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1968Larry PoonsKasmin Ltd., London, UKSolo
1968Larry PoonsLeo Castelli Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1967Larry Poons Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1965Larry Poons Green Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1964Larry Poons Green Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1963Larry PoonsGreen Gallery, New York, NYSolo