LARRY ZOX

LARRY ZOX "PEACE PORTFOLIO" SCREENPRINT, 1970

Larry Zox (1937-2006) was a central figure in the evolution of 20th-century abstraction in America.  

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.

By the mid-1960s, Zox arrived at his most recognized style, utilizing hard-edge shapes in bold colors to create geometric patterns, which were often realized on raw canvas. Zox was one of the most successful practitioners of hard-edge or geometric abstraction and, not surprisingly, was championed by Frank Stella, amongst others.

This work, a paradigm of Zox's¬†signature motifs, was published in 1970 by the Academic and Professional Action Committee for a Responsible Congress. It was included¬†in the ‚ÄúPeace Portfolio I‚Ä̬†a fundraiser for ‚Äúthe politics of peace‚ÄĚ.

Like Zox, many of the most high-profile American artists of the 1960s lent their voices and artwork to opposing the Vietnam War. Some of the other artists included in this legendary portfolio include Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, among others.  

Zox's hard-edge geometric creations from the late 1960s and early 1970s are arguably the most recognizable works from his oeuvre. Fittingly he had a retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1973, that focused on such work. Today, numerous museums including the Whitney, the MoMA, the Tate, and the Metropolitan all have examples of his work from this era in their permanent collections. 

In the spirit of the portfolio, Caviar20 will donate $250 from each sale to Doctors without Borders, who are providing essential aid in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

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Untitled (from the Peace Portfolio I)

USA, 1970

Screenprint

Signed and numbered by artist

26"H 21"W (work) 

Very good condition

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