Larry Zox, American (1937 - 2006)

American abstract painter born at Des Moines, Iowa on May 31, 1937. Studied at the University of Oklahoma, Drake University and then the Des Moines Art Center under the mentorship of George Grosz, a figurative artist who nevertheless encouraged the young abstract painter.

Zox moved to New York in 1958 and became part of the downtown art scene. His earliest works, completed in 1959-62, were painted collages consisting of painted pieces of paper stapled onto joined sheets of plywood. Afterwards, he made pictures similar in appearance to the collages, but entirely painted and with straight as well as ragged edges. Zox began his 'Rotation' series in 1963 to use a standardised geometrical compositional schema as the basis for a series of paintings each different in colour. Some of the compositions, suggesting overlapping, bending etc., were evolved with the aid of plywood and perspex reliefs. By the mid-60s, his large geometric paintings were appearing at prestigious galleries.

Zox maintained a studio on 20th Street that became a gathering place for artists, jazz musicians, bikers, and boxers. A large man, Zox occasionally sparred with visiting fighters. Later, he had a studio in East Hampton, where he liked to fish and was even known to go fish spotting by helicopter.

By 2005, when he had his first New York solo show in more than two decades, his style had mellowed from the hard-edged geometry of the 1960s and 70s. His lines had become more fluid and his surfaces more painterly, but his concern with color and shape remained unabated.

Zox died of cancer on December 16, 2006.

EDUCATION

Oklahoma University Drake University Des Moines Art

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

1994 - C.S. Shulte Gallery, Millburn, New Jersey
1993 - The Marsh Gallery, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
1992 - Robert Stein Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
1991 - Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1991 - Percival Gallery, Des Moines, lowa
1990-91 - Images Gallery, Toledo, Ohio
1990 - Rubiner Gallery, West Bloomfield, Michigan
1989 - Percival Gallery, Des Moines, lowa
1987 - Percival Gallery, Des Moines, lowa
1986 - Images Gallery, Toledo, Ohio
1985 - Rubiner Gallery, West Bloomfield, Michigan
1982 - Salander-O'Reilly Gallery, New York, New York
1981 - Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
1981 - Meredith Long & Co., Houston, Texas
1981 - Hokin Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Rorida
1979 - Allen Rubiner Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
1978 - Medici-Berenson Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
1975-76 - Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, New York
1975 - Daniel Templeton Gallery, Paris, France
1974 - Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, lowa
1974 - Janie C. Lee Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1973 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1973 - Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, New York
1971 - Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
1970 - Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
1969 - American Gallery, New York, New York
1968-71 - Komblee Gallery, New York, New York
1968 - Galerie Ricke, Cologne, Gemmany
1968 - Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
1967-69 - J.L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit, Michiga
1964-66 - Komblee Gallery, New York, New York
1963-66 - American Gallery, New York, New York

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
American Republic Insurance Corporation, Des Moines, lowa
Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Columbia Broadcasting System, NYC
Cornell University, Ithica, New York
Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, lowa
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Hopkins Art Center,
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
J.L. Hudson Company, Detroit, Michigan
Indianapolis Art Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
National Bank of Des Moines, Des Moines, lowa
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California
Philip Johnson Collection Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC
South Mall Project, Albany, New York Tate Museum, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

AWARDS

1985 - Adolph Gottlieb Foundation Grant
1969 - National Council of the Arts
1967 - Guggenheim Fellowship

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