Larry Poons, Japanese/American (1937 - )

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Larry Poons became a prominent figure in Optical Art and in the Color-Field school of painting in New York. His paintings of the 1960s were characterized by dots of color placed according to a horizontal vertical and diagonal grid against a rich colored ground. The effect was a sense of movement--thus Optical Art. In 1965, he exhibited with the Op Artists, but the next year, his art became looser with small colored shapes floating in space. From that time, he changed to expressionism and abstraction. Poons has also created Earth Art such as his "cracked earth landscapes". For these he uses layers of heavy impasto to create the effect of flowing lava and craggy plateaus.

A musician before becoming a painter, Larry Poons studied at the New England Conservatory of Music from 1955 to 1957, and was much influenced by the experimental compositions of John Cage. His interest in abstraction, especially the geometric forms of Piet Mondrian led him to painting, and in 1959, he studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. He resides in New York City and has maintained a studio in Florida.

1937 Born Tokyo, Japan, Resides in New York City, currently teaches at Art Students League, New York
1957 Studied at the New England Conservatory of Music
1959 Studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts
1966 Subject of film Manual of Arms, produced by Hollis Frampton
1968 Instructor, Bennington College, Bennington VT
1969 Visiting Faculty, New York Studio School, NY
1970 Subject of film with Frank Stella
1972 Instructor, Cooper Union, New York, NY
1976 Guest Lecturer, Broward Community College, Fort Lauderdale, FL
1984 Subject of film Painters Painting: a contested history 1940-1970, produced by Emile di Antonio and Mitch Tuchman
1988 Francis J. Geenbruger Foundation Award.
1999 Subject of film documentary Larry Poons produced by ART/New York

2004 Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York
2002 Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
2000 Perilla Gallery, Johnstown, NY
2000 Theo Waddington Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
2000 Galeria Metta, Madrid, Spain
1998 Places for Ray, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York
1997 Larry Poons: Texas Canyon and Selected Paintings and Drawings,Larry Evans/James Willis and Fredrick Spatt gallery
1997 Art in Public, Geneva, Switzerland
1996 Frederick Spratt Gallery
1996 Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York
1995 Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York
1994 Speaking of Paint, Frederick Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CA
1993 University of Miami, FL
1992 Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New Y
1989 Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1986 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
1984 Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
1982 Theo Waddington Gallery, Montreal, Canada
1982 Hett Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1982 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
1980 Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, Austria
1979 Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1978 M. Knoedler & Co., New York
1975 Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1970 Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York
1968 Kasmin Ltd., London, England
1968 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
1965 Green Gallery, New York
1964 Green Gallery, New York
1963 Green Gallery, New York

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