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Almine Rech

Larry Poons

Jun 3 — Jul 31, 2021 | London

Advanced appointments are recommended but not required. To schedule an appointment please email: Inquire about the exhibition: The gallery is open on Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am until 6 pm. For the safety of our visitors and staff, masks must be worn by all visitors upon entrance and hand sanitizer will be provided at the door and throughout the gallery.

Almine Rech London is pleased to present our first exhibition with American artist Larry Poons, on view from June 3, 2021. 

This exhibition is organized in association with Yares Art, New York.

For over half a century, Larry Poons has been identified as heir to the heroic era of American painting, following in the footsteps of such greats as Pollock, de Kooning, and Rothko.

In 1969, aged 32, Poons featured in the landmark exhibition New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Curated by Henry Geldzahler, who devoted the show’s culminating gallery to the artist, this seminal exhibition saw Poons’ work stand out alongside those American greats, the final room glowing with his early “Dots and Lozenge” paintings, as well as several then-recent expansive, colourful abstractions later regarded as iconic works in the Colour Field movement. The youngest artist included in the exhibition, Poons was at the time regarded as the promising, guiding star who could lead the way toward exciting new possibilities for contemporary painting.

Over the course of the five decades since the Met exhibition, Poons has more than fulfilled that promise. His trajectory was, however, not what that most critics and art-world observers were expecting, or perhaps were even equipped to understand. Poons, as it turns out, was a much more radical painter than anyone could have imagined. Indifferent to the demands of critics, curators, and the marketplace, he remained steadfast on his own, inimitable path, constantly evolving and always surprising his audience. 

This exhibition at Almine Rech London constitutes a concise Larry Poons survey that picks up where Geldzhaler’s show left off. Works from across the decades feature alongside those created in the past year, and in all Poons demonstrates his virtuosity with seemingly effortless panache. Already an art-historical figure, with the vibrant, energetic, and surprising works he continues to produce, he reenforces his stature as one of the most significant artists of this moment. Fifty years on, and widely regarded as among the foremost colourists of the latter half of the twentieth century, Poons is as relevant today as ever.

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Selected artworks

  • Larry Poons,                                      Yellow Cat On Hand, 1976

    Larry Poons Yellow Cat On Hand, 1976

    Acrylic on canvas
    270.5 x 168.9 cm
    106 1/2 x 66 1/2 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Message to Gort, 1982

    Larry Poons Message to Gort, 1982

    Acrylic on canvas
    236.2 x 186.7 cm
    93 x 73 1/2 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      The 4 Fenton Bros, 1985

    Larry Poons The 4 Fenton Bros, 1985

    Acrylic on canvas
    219.7 x 198.1 cm
    86 1/2 x 78 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Carioca, 1986

    Larry Poons Carioca, 1986

    Acrylic on canvas
    221 x 170.2 x 5 cm
    87 1/8 x 67 1/8 x 2 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Kaffee, Kaffee, 1988

    Larry Poons Kaffee, Kaffee, 1988

    Acrylic on canvas
    194.3 x 132.1 x 6.35 cm
    76 1/2 x 52 x 2 1/2 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      The Music, 1990

    Larry Poons The Music, 1990

    Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
    224.8 x 136.8 x 5 cm
    88 1/2 x 53 7/8 x 2 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      The Hanged Man, 1994

    Larry Poons The Hanged Man, 1994

    Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
    229.2 x 257.2 cm
    90 1/4 x 101 1/4 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Ash Nobody, 2000

    Larry Poons Ash Nobody, 2000

    Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
    198.8 x 300.4 cm
    78 1/4 x 118 1/4 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      One Inch Less Wild, 2001

    Larry Poons One Inch Less Wild, 2001

    Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
    200 x 281.9 cm
    78 3/4 x 111 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Babe, 2007

    Larry Poons Babe, 2007

    Acrylic on canvas
    169.5 x 238.8 cm
    66 3/4 x 94 1/8 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Mme Penseroso, 2010

    Larry Poons Mme Penseroso, 2010

    Acrylic on canvas
    174.6 x 99.7 cm
    68 3/4 x 39 1/4 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      No Home, 2010

    Larry Poons No Home, 2010

    Acrylic on canvas
    170.5 x 269.6 cm
    67 1/8 x 106 1/8 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Bye Bye Corinthian, 2016

    Larry Poons Bye Bye Corinthian, 2016

    Acrylic on canvas
    171.5 x 332.7 cm
    67 1/2 x 131 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Happy Carlo, 2017

    Larry Poons Happy Carlo, 2017

    Acrylic on canvas
    172.7 x 398.1 cm
    68 x 156 3/4 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Sweetheart of the Rodeo, 2018

    Larry Poons Sweetheart of the Rodeo, 2018

    Acrylic on canvas
    165.1 x 237.5 cm
    65 x 93 1/2 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Esmeralda, 2018

    Larry Poons Esmeralda, 2018

    Acrylic on canvas
    156.5 x 316.5 cm
    61 5/8 x 124 5/8 in

  • Larry Poons Warrior River Boy, 2019

    Acrylic on canvas
    170.2 x 281.9 cm
    67 x 111 in

  • Larry Poons,                                      Musicale Rose Madox, 2020

    Larry Poons Musicale Rose Madox, 2020

    Acrylic on canvas
    138.7 x 181.3 cm
    54 5/8 x 71 3/8 in


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