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Lawrence ‘Larry’ Zox

(Iowa 1937-2006 New York)


Diamond Drill 3, 1968


silkscreen

sheet: 74.5 x 66.5 cm.

one of 15 artist's proofs, aside from an edition of 75


Zox is known as an abstract artist, but he considered himself a colourist. He studied at the University of Oklahoma and went on to work under modernist Georg Grosz at the Des Moines Art Centre. By the 1960s he was working in New York City, and had cemented his reputation by the mid-1960s, winning a Guggenheim fellowship in 1967, with a restrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1973. His studio was located on 20th Street and he was surrounded and inspired by a melting pot of jazz artists, bikers, and boxers.


Zox was one of the most successful practitioners of hard-edge or geometric abstraction and not surprisingly was championed by Frank Stella, amongst others. His "Diamond Drill" series from the 1960s was one of the most beloved and iconic geometric motifs in his oeuvre. Today, his work from this era is held at the Whitney, MoMA, Tate and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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