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Larry Zox Artist Biography  American, 1937-2006

American painter, Larry Zox, is best known for his work in the colour field movement of the 1960s. His hard-edged abstract paintings were showcased in major museums, including a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1973. His studio on 20th Street in New York was known in the 1970s as a gathering spot for an eclectic crowd of artists, boxers and bikers.

Born in Des Moines, Larry Zox studied at the University of Oklahoma, Drake University and then the Des Moines Art Center, where he trained under noted German artist George Grosz. Larry Zox was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a National Council of the Arts award and served as an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth, the University of North Carolina and Yale.

Larry 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.

Larry 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 and by the mid 1960s, his large geometric paintings were appearing at prestigious galleries.

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 1970s. His lines had become more fluid and his surfaces more painterly, but his concern with color and shape remained unabated.

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

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

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