Larry Zox

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Larry Zox
Born(1937-05-31)May 31, 1937
DiedDecember 16, 2006(2006-12-16) (aged 69)
Known forAbstract Painting, colorist
MovementAbstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and Lyrical Abstraction
Awards1967 Guggenheim Fellowship

Lawrence "Larry" Zox (May 31, 1937 – December 16, 2006) was an American painter and printmaker who is classified as an Abstract expressionist, Color Field painter and a Lyrical Abstractionist, although he did not readily use those categories for his work.


Zox was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Oscar and Mildred (née Friedman) Zox, but moved to New York City at an early age. He lived an artist's life, running in the circles of many prominent names in the art world.[1] In recent years he had relocated to his second home in Colchester, Connecticut. Zox was considered an abstract artist, but more often he described himself as a colorist.

Zox received his education at the University of Oklahoma and Drake University. He studied with George Grosz at the Des Moines Art Center. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. He was Artist-in Residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dartmouth College, and Yale University.

His work has been exhibited in many one-person and group shows including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City); the Museum of Modern Art (NY); Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York); Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY). In recent years his work has been exhibited at the Stephen Haller Gallery and the Berry Campbell Gallery in New York City and Rocket Gallery, London. His estate is represented by Berry Campbell Gallery.[2]

He died, aged 69, from cancer and was survived by his second wife, the former Virginia King, his two children from his first marriage Alexander and Melinda, a brother Alan Zox, a sister Susan Zox-Smith, and his brother-in law, the painter David R. Prentice among others.[3]

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  1. ^ Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin, High on Rebellion Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City (1998), p.42, ISBN 1-56025-183-2
  2. ^ "Larry Zox - Info - Berry Campbell Gallery". Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  3. ^ NY Times, Grace Glueck, Abstract Painter Of Dynamic, Geometric Works
  4. ^ "MoMA - The Collection | Larry Zox (American, 1936 - 2006)". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Whitney Museum of American Art". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. ^ "The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Untitled (from the Double Gemini Series)". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Larry Zox - Tate". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Hirshhorn Museum". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Empire State Plaza Art Collection".

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