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Rivers, Larry (1923-2002)  
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Rivers designed and built the sets for a 1953 New York production of O'Hara's play Try! Try!, and a year later they collaborated on the prose poem "How to Proceed in the Arts." The two men also worked together on a lithographic series called Stones (1958), in which O'Hara inscribed several poems onto litho stones in and around Rivers's drawings.

During the peak of their sexual relationship, Rivers created a powerful, portrait of O'Hara titled O'Hara Nude with Boots (1954). In the life-size painting, the poet is depicted naked with one black-booted foot on a cinder block, his hands locked on the top of his head.

Although their friendship continued, their sexual relationship eventually faded. As Rivers explained, "by the time Frank O'Hara took his last trip to Fire Island [O'Hara died on July 25, 1966, after he was struck by a dune buggy at night on Fire Island], my curiosity about homosexuals and life and sex among them had diminished. They were my friends and their exotic and erotic aura continued, but only as a warm glow in my memory."

Craig Kaczorowski

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Eckhoff, Sally S. "Someone Wild: Larry Rivers Bares All." The Village Voice Literary Supplement (April 13, 1993): 21.

Indiana, Gary. "Artist Tells All." Art in America (March 1993): 35-37.

Perl, Jed. "Pop Goes the Artist." The New Republic (January 4, 1993): 38-42.

Rivers, Larry, with Arnold Weinstein. What Did I Do? The Unauthorized Autobiography. New York: Aaron Asher Books/Harper Collins, 1992.

Rubinstein, Raphael. "A Muse in the Room, or Poets Are Poor." Art Journal (Winter 1993): 52-54.

Shannon, Joe. "Figuring Larry Rivers." Art in America (October 2002): 124-130.


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    Author: Kaczorowski, Craig  
    Entry Title: Rivers, Larry  
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