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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.

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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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    Bibliography
   

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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Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
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