LARRY ZOX "DIAMOND DRILL SERIES", 1967
Larry Zox (1937-2006) was a central figure in the evolution of abstraction in American art of the 20th century.
Raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Zox studied at the University of Oklahoma and went on to work under the tutelage of modernist Georg Grosz at the Des Moines Art Centre. Zox moved to New York City and established his reputation by the mid-1960s. His studio was located on 20th Street and he was surrounded and inspired by a melting pot of jazz artists, bikers, and boxers.
Zox was one of the most successful practitioners of hard-edge or geometric abstraction and not surprisingly was championed by Frank Stella, amongst others.
His "Diamond Drill" series was one of the most beloved and iconic geometric motifs in his oeuvre. While Zox's aesthetic evolves over his lengthy and prolific career, these works demonstrate that he is an exceptional colorist, an accolade that endures throughout the subsequent decades of production.
Zox's hard-edge geometric creations from the late 1960s and early 1970s are arguably the most important from his oeuvre. Fittingly he had a retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1973. Today, numerous museums including the Whitney, the MoMA, the Tate, and the Metropolitan all have examples of his work from this era.
Caviar20 is pleased to be offering this fine working drawing, from his most desirable period of production. It comes directly from the artist's estate and has not been exhibited or available commercially for several decades.
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Signed, titled and dated by the artist.
Pencil crayon on paper
16.5"H 21.5"W (work)
Very good condition
Note: this work is sold unframed.
Provenance: from the estate of Larry Zox
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