May 31, 1937|
Des Moines, Iowa
|Died||December 16, 2006
|Known for||Abstract Painting, colorist|
|Movement||Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and Lyrical Abstraction|
|Awards||1967 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. 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 in New York City and Rocket Gallery, London.
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.
Selected public collections
- Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 
- Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC 
- Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, Ma
- Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
- Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Tx
- Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
- Empire State Plaza Collection, Albany
- Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
- Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
- Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
- Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
- Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
- Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
- Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin, High on Rebellion Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City (1998), p.42, ISBN 1-56025-183-2
- NY Times, Grace Glueck, Abstract Painter Of Dynamic, Geometric Works
- "MoMA - The Collection | Larry Zox (American, 1936 - 2006)". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Whitney Museum of American Art". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Untitled (from the Double Gemini Series)". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Larry Zox - Tate". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Hirshhorn Museum". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- web listing on Larry Zox includes career, numerous examples of his art, a biography of the artist Artcyclopedia
- Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
- Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY represents the artist's estate
- New York Times: Art in Review; Larry Zox
- Wyeth Alexander, focus on the artist's early, hard-edge work.