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Larry PoonsLarry Poons - Solo ExhibitionMar 14th - Apr 27th 2024

Ross + Kramer is pleased to present Larry Poons’ first solo exhibition with the gallery, opening March 14, 6pm–9pm in Miami. The exhibition, including 15 paintings and 4 works on paper, will be on view through April 27, 2024.

Born in 1937 in Tokyo, Japan, American painter Larry Poons initially pursued a career in music. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston from 1955 to 1959, but following a visit to a Barnett Newman exhibition at French & Company in New York City in 1959, he changed course and instead began his pursuit of the visual arts. He subsequently enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. After completing his studies there, he moved to New York to devote himself full time to artistic practice.

Poons held his first solo show in 1963 at Richard Bellamy’s celebrated Green Gallery, and two years later his work was included in the influential exhibition The Responsive Eye, held at the Museum of Modern Art. Poons’s early work from the 1960s was decidedly “optical” in the viewpoint set out by the MoMA show. Composing his paintings according to a mathematically determined series of points and carefully chosen color schemes, Poons was able to eliminate the “hand of the artist,” an artistic strategy also being pursued at the time by his close friend Frank Stella.

Eventually Poons came to feel that the purely optical approach to making art was restricting, and in the late 1970s he began to work by pouring and throwing paint on the canvas—again in an attempt to compose a painting without leaving traces of the artist’s hand. It was also during this period that he began attaching miscellaneous materials to the canvas—foam balls, for example, or rope. In the 1990s, Poons returned to using a paintbrush, working on rolls of canvas unfurled across the four walls of his studio, so that he could immerse himself in the work as he made it. At the end of this process, he would painstakingly crop out individual paintings from the massive length of each roll.

Twilight Run, 2020Acrylic on canvas72½ x 103⅛ in.
Untitled, 1996Acrylic on paper8½ x 11 in.
Untitled, 1996Acrylic on paper8½ x 11 in.
Ashokan Farewell, 2021Acrylic on canvas65⅞ x 88 in.
A Host of Stuff, 2023Acrylic on canvas67 x 159½ in.
Tina Adair, 2023Acrylic on canvas66½ x 99 in.
Ghost of Horns, 2021Acrylic on canvas57 x 114 in.
Untitled (013A-7), 2013Acrylic on canvas65½ x 68 in.
Private Jones, 2023Acrylic on canvas65½ x 27 in.
Untitled (022F-2), 202267½ x 39¾ in.Acrylic on canvas
Avenue of Spheres, 2017Acrylic on canvas67¼ x 104¼ in.
Untitled, 1996Acrylic on paper8½ x 11 in.
Untitled, 1996Acrylic on paper8½ x 11 in.
One More Kiss, 2022Acrylic on canvas66 x 122 in.
Over on the Other Side, 2023Acrylic on canvas65½ x 136½ in.
Back Road Boy, 2013Acrylic on canvas68¼ x 70¼ in.
Hum From Upland, 2015Acrylic on canvas66½ x 60½ in.
Untitled (015C-7), 2015Acrylic on canvas68½ x 68½ in.
Untitled (024B-5), 2024Acrylic on canvas66 x 35½ in.
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