Larry Zox

(Des Moines, Iowa, 1937 - 2006, Colchester, Connecticut)

North America, American

Larry Zox gained attention in the 1960s and 70s for flatly painted compositions that featured triangles, diamonds and other geometric forms in surprising color combinations. He studied with George Grosz at the Des Moines Art Center, in addition to completing university coursework in Asian art history at Oklahoma University and Drake University. The artist moved to New York City in 1958, where he initially worked in collage and assemblage then began painting hard-edged shapes on unprimed canvas. His series from the 1960s were characterized by his use of signature shapes—including scissors, diamonds and parallelograms—that he referred to as geminis. Zox received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted a solo exhibition of his work in 1973. His later work became more painterly, with loose areas of color and thin, wavy lines. Zox is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others.

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