Larry Zox

lithograph by Larry ZoxLarry Zox is one of the principal representatives of the generation of young painters following the era of the Abstract Expressionists. As a reaction he utilized geometric forms in a mechanistic format and fewer contrasted colors in a design which is based upon improvisation. His works conform to the modern idea that art must be done with fluidity, acceleration, and rapidity of execution.

Born in Iowa in 1937. Larry Zox attended Oklahoma University and Drake University. He studied with George Grosz at the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa. Larry Zox was influenced early on by the work of Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning. His work came to prominence in American art in the 1960’s, and his career now spans over decades of rigorously exploring formalist abstraction. Larry Zox’s paintings were displayed at the Whitney Museum in 1973 where his work was the center of new developments in color-field painting. His work has shown at well-known galleries in New York such as the Salendar O-Reilly Gallery and the Andre Emmerich Gallery. In his catalogue essay for Larry Zox’s 1973 one – person exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, curator James Monte concluded, “the continual problem faced by every artist is the need to reinvent the planning and execution of a painting and thus the pictorial problems with which he chooses to deal. This is the struggle the artist has with his own art – he must continue to take chances in order to make art – and this Zox has done in the past and continues to do in the present.” Twenty years later, this remains true, for Larry Zox continues to take those chances in order to create art that is truly exciting and vibrant with pictorial richness.

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