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Larry Poons

BIOGRAPHY

American, b. 1937

Larry Poons was born in 1937 in Ogibuko, Japan and grew up in New York. In 1955, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music, and two years later transferred to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was given his first one-man exhibition in 1963 at Richard Bellamy’s famed Green Gallery, and in 1965 his work was included in MoMA’s celebrated exhibition, "The Responsive Eye." In 1969, Poons was the youngest artist featured in curator Henry Geldzahler’s landmark survey, "New York Painting and Sculpture, 1940-1970." 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. He currently lives and works in New York.
     
The famous art critic, Robert Pincus-Witten, says of Larry Poons’s works, "(they) ensure a constant shift in the experience of the painting as it oscillates back and forth from the local to the universal… Poons instrumentalizes chance (the very hallmark of Abstract Expressionist painting…).”

EDUCATION:
1959, Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1955-57, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2016, Michael Jon Gallery, Miami, FL Choral Fantasy, Paintings from the 1970s to 1980s, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2015, Danese/Corey, New York, NY
2014, Danese/Corey, New York, NY
201, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Key Biscayne, FL
2013, Larry Poons: Geometry and Dots, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2013, Danese and Loretta Howard Gallery (joint exhibition), New York, NY
2013, Larry Poons: Legendary, Contrary Selected Paintings 1975-2012, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
2012, Mark Borghi Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL
2011, Danese, New York, NY Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
2011, SAGG, New Berlin, NY
2010, Esther Massry Gallery, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
2011, Loretta Howard, New York, NY
2009, Danese, New York, NY
2008, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2008, Danese, New York, NY
2008, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK
2008, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
2005, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2005, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2004, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK
2002, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK
2001, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
2000, Galeria Metta, Madrid, Spain
2000, Theo Waddington Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
2000, Perrella Gallery, Johnstown, NY
1998, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1997, Art in Public, Geneva, Switzerland
1997, Larry Evans/James Willis and Fredrick Spatt Gallery, San Jose, CA
1997, Claudia Carr Gallery, New York, NY
1996, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1996, Frederick Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CA
1995, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1995, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1994, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1994, Frederick Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CA
1993, University of Miami, Miami, FL
1992, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Berlin, Germany
1992, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1991, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA,
1991, Gallerias Afinsa-Lagasca and Afinsa-Almirante, Madrid, Spain
1991, Meredith Long & Co., Houston, TX
1990, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1990, Salander-O'Reillly Galleries, New York, NY
1989, Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1989, Galerie Montaigne, Paris, France
1988, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1986, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1986, Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1986, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1984, Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1983, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1982, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1982, Meredith Long & Co., Houston, TX
1982, Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1982, Theo Waddington Gallery, Montreal, Canada
1982, Hett Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1981, Galerie Ninety-Nine, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
1981, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1981, Richard Hines Gallery, Seattle, WA
1981, Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1980, Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, Austria
1980, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1980, Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1980, Galerie Artline, The Hague, The Netherlands
1980, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1980, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1980, Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1979, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1979, Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany
1979, Amerika Haus, Hannover, Germany
1979, Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1978, Galerie Ninety-Nine, Bay Harbour Islands, FL
1978, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY
1977, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1977, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY
1977, Watson/de Nagy, Houston, TX
1977, Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1976, David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1976, Daniel Templon, Paris, France
1976, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY
1975, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1975, Galerie Andre Emmerich, Zurich, Switzerland
1974, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
1974, Galerie La Bertesca, Dusseldorf, Germany
1974, Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1973, Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1973, Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York, NY
1972, Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York, NY
1972, David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1971, Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York, NY
1971, Kasmin Ltd., London, UK
1970, Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York, NY
1968, Kasmin Ltd., London, UK
1968, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1967, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1965, Green Gallery, New York, NY
1964, Green Gallery, New York, NY
1963, Green Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2015, Land & Sea, Danese/Corey Gallery, New York, NY
2014, Ed Moses and Larry Poons: The Language of Paint, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2014, Abstraction: Modernist Masters from the Bennington Collection, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
2013, Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012, Ed’s Party: spheres of Influence in the LA Art Scene, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2012, Mic:Check (The: human mic) (Occupy), Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012, What Only Paint Can Do: an erratic selection of Triangle Alumni, Curated by Karen Wilkin, Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY
2012, Notations: Contemporary Drawings As Idea and Process, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2011, Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
2011, Color Forms, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
2011, Silence and Time, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
2011, All is Good, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010, Artists at Max’s Kansas City: 1965-1974, Loretta Howard, New York, NY
2010, Abstraction Revisited, curated by Elga Wimmer, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
2010, Colorscope: Abstract Painting, 1960 – 1979, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara,CA
2010, Expanding Boundaries: Lyrical Abstraction, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
2008, Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-75 (traveled: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN), Denver Art Museum, CO
2008, In the Eye of the Beholder, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
2008, Alex Rosenberg: Collector and Patron, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
2007, Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
2006, Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2006, Annual Instructors Exhibition, Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
2006, War is Over, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005, Merry Peace, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004, Geometric Abstraction & Beyond, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2003, Annual Instructors Exhibition, Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
2001, From Alf to Zox: Contemporary Art from the Museum Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2001, The Clement Greenberg Collection, Portland Art Museum, Portland, WA
2000, Eye Candy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2000, Three American Painters, Wingfield College Yard, England
1999, "5" new works by Judith Downtick, Bruce Dorman, Robert Natkin, Joel Perlman, and Larry Poons, curated by J. Andrew, Axis Gallery, New York, NY
1999, The 1960's, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
1999, The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection of Modern Art, Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
1999, Bad-Bad, That is a good excuse, Staaliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany
1998, Regatta 98, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1998, Masterworks by Instructors of the Arts Students League, Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
1998, Reflections of Monet, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1997, Museum: Museum Modern, Kunst Stiftlong Lugwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
1997, Pay per it, Sideshow 195, Brooklyn, NY
1996, Addison Gallery of American Art: 65 Years, Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
1996, Abstraction: Steiner, Poons, Olitski, Noland & a Selection of Sculpture, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1996, Color Field, The Classic Years: 1960-75, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1995, Seven Painters, Nicholas Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
1994, The Brushstroke and its Guises, New York Studio School, New York, NY
1993, Gallery Selections, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1992, Stars in Florida, Museum of Art, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1992, Slow Art, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY
1992, Summer Pleasure, Helander Galleries, Palm Beach, FL
1992, Celebrating Formalism, C.S. Schulte Galleries, South Orange, NJ
1991, Group Show, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY
1991, Group Show, William College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
1991, Gallery Selections, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1991 , Inaugural Exhibition, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries , Berlin, Germany
1990, Before the Field-Paintings from the Sixties, Daniel Newburg Gallery, New York, NY
1990, Group: 1990, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1990, Group Show, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1989, Important Works on Paper, Meredith Long, Houston, TX
1988, Contemporary Art from the Collection of Marion and David Handleman, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
1988, Five Floridians, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1987, Hokin Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
1987, Leo Castelli y Sus Artistas, Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
1986, Paintings and Sculptures by Candidates for Art Awards, American Academy and Institute for Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1986, Definitive Statements-American Art: 1964-66, David Winston Bell Gallery, The List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI; and Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
1986, 0-1+2, Galleria Chisel, Milan, Italy
1986, Selected 20th Century Paintings, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1986, Abstraction by American Masters over 50, RH Love Modern, Chicago, IL
1985, Pre-Postmodern, The Richard F. Bush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
1985, Pop Art, Minimal Art: Artists in Residence in Aspen, Aspen Museum, CO
1985, Grand Compositions: Selections from the Collection of David Mirvish, The Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
1985, Selections from the William J. Hokin Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1985, American Abstract Painting, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1985, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1984, Arte Contemporaneo Norte Americano, Coleccion David Mirvish, American Embassy, Madrid, Spain
1984, An Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, William Beadleston Gallery, New York, NY
1983, Living with Art, Two: The Collection of Walter and Dawn Clark Netsch, Miami University Art Museum (traveled: Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN), Oxford, OH
1982, A Private Vision: Contemporary Art from the Graham Gund Collection, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
1982, Miró in America, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
1982, Oil and Steel Gallery, New York, NY
1982, Works on Paper, Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1981, International Florida Artists, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
1981, New Works in Clay III, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
1980, Aspects of the 70's: Painterly Abstraction, Brockton Art Museum, Brockton, MA
1980, L'Amerique aux Independants, 91e Exposition, Société des Artistes, Paris, France
1980, Paintings from the Andre Emmerich Gallery, Audrey Strohl Gallery, Memphis, TN,
1980, Art In Embassies, Collection of US Ambassador and Mrs. Warren Manshe, State Museum of Art, Copenhagen, Denmark,
1980, Works on Paper, Allen Rubiner Gallery, Royal Oak, MI,
1980, Contemporary Works on Paper, Meredith Long & Co., Houston, TX,
1979, Works on Paper, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY,
1979, A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978, Everson Museum of Art (traveled: Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY), Syracuse, NY
1979, Color Abstraction: Selections from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Display Area, Boston, MA
1978, David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1978, Fifteen Sculptors in Steel around Bennington, 1963-1978, Park McCullough House Association, North Bennington, VT
1978, Major Paintings, Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1977, Surface, Edge, and Color, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1977, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY
1977, Recent Works on Paper by American Artists, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
1976, Today/Tomorrow, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
1976, New Works in Clay by Contemporary painters and Sculptures, Everson Museum of Art (traveled: The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada), Syracuse, NY
1976, Artists at Bennington, Visual Arts Faculty 1932-1976, Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1975, 34th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1974, The Great Decade of American Abstraction: Modernist Art, 1960 to 1970, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
1974, Contemporary American Artists, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
1974, Less is More: The Influence of Bauhaus on American Art, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
1974, El Lenguaje del Color, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
1974, Select Works from the collection of Carter Burden, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
1973, A Look at New York, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
1972, Abstract Paintings in the 70's: A Selection, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA Masters of the 1960's, Edmonton Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
1972, Color Field Painting to Post Color Field Abstraction, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
1972, Post 1945 Paintings, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
1972, Giant Paintings; Monuments and Murals, Knoedler & Co., New York, NY
1971, Collection of Graham Gund, New City Hall, Boston, MA
1971, The Structure of Color, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1971, Six Painters, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (traveled: Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI), Buffalo, NY
1970, Color and Field: 1890-1970, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (traveled: Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI), Buffalo, NY
1969, Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY,
1969, 31st Biennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1969, New York Painting and Sculpture, 1940-1970, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1969, The George Waterman Collection, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1969, The Development of Modern Painting: Jackson Pollock to the Present, Steinburg Art Gallery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1969, One Tendency of Contemporary Art, Kunstmarkt, Cologne, Germany
1944-1969, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
1968, The Art of the Real: 1948-68, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1968, Plus by Minus: Today's Half-Century, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1968, Documenta IV, Kassel, Germany
1968, Art Students League, Centennial Decade, 1968-1969, Art Students League, New York, NY
1967, 30th Biennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1967, Ten Years, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1967, The 1960's: Painting and Sculpture from the Museum Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1967, Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA,
1967, Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1967, Two Decades of American Painting, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
1966, Six Artists from New York, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1966, Seven Decades of Modern Art, Public Education Association, Cordier-Ekstrom, New York, NY
1966, Harry Abrams Family Collection, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
1966, Systemic Painting, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1966, Group Show, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1966, 68th American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1965, Abstract Trompe l'Oeil, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
1965, Three Young Americans: Hinman, Poons, and Williams, Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
1965, The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1965, Young America 1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1965, Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1965, The United States of America, Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil and the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1964, American Drawings, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1964, The Classic Spirit, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
1964, New York Group, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1964, The 1964 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1963, Formalists, Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, DC

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
American Federation of Arts, New York, NY
Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garde, Washington, DC
Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN
Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art, Indianapolis, IN
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Wellington Management Company, Boston, MA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

AWARDS:
1988, Francis J. Greenburger Foundation Award

FILMS:
2005, Featured in film documentary Who Gets to Call it Art produced by Peter Rosen current Teaches at the Art Students League, New York, NY Resides in New York, NY
2001, Subject of film Larry Poons: His Endless Creativity, produced by Bill Page
1999, Subject of documentary film Larry Poons, produced by ART/New York, NY Subject of Larry Poons: on making art, Video-recording, produced by Paul Tschinkel, Inner-Tube Video, New York, NY
1984, Subject of film Painters Painting: A Contested History 1940-1970, produced by Emile di Antonio and Mitch Tuchman
1970, Subject of film with Frank Stella
1966, Subject of film Manual of Arms, produced by Hollis Frampton

TEACHING:
1971-72, Instructor, Cooper Union, New York, NY
1969, Visiting Faculty, New York Studio School, New York, NY
1968, Instructor, Bennington College, Bennington, VT