Larry Poons (American, b.1937)
Larry Poons was started as a musician at the New England Conservatory of Music in the 1950s, but it would be his involvement in the Optical Art and Color-Field schools in the 1960s that would bring him widespread acclaim and critical success. His work, which often features dots or small geometric shapes against a brightly colored background, is characterized by a feeling of movement or life. In that way, his musical background makes perfect sense for the artist he would become.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Poons’ work has gone through several phases throughout his career. While he started in Color-Field, his work later shifted to more abstracted canvases, something that polarized critics and led to some of his most vital work. Poons is still an active member of the art community today. A recent documentary about the art world, The Price of Everything (2018) featured Poons along with several other prominent 21st century artists.
What type of art does Larry Poons create?
Larry Poons is a painter, a pre-eminent and stalwart of the Optical Art and Color-Field schools of painting that came out of New York in the 1960s. His paintings, concentrations of dots along an invisible grid on vividly colored backgrounds were instrumental in the popularization of Optical Art among a wider audience.
How often do Larry Poons paintings come up for auction?
Larry Poons has had an extremely long and successful career, as such his paintings come up for auction often. His work, which can sometimes reach as high as seven figures at auction, is popular with casual and experienced collectors. It’s extremely popular, Larry Poons has mounted solo and group exhibitions at some of the most prestigious galleries and museums in the world.
How much is a Larry Poons painting worth?
While Larry Poons has had two paintings sell for over a million dollars, his work is more typically in the $100,000 - $200,000 range. Even then, he has several paintings that have sold in the high tens of thousands of dollars. That said, there’s been a noticeable appreciation of Poons’ work this century, and that trend seems likely to continue into the future.
Which Larry Poons painting is the most valuable?
The most valuable Larry Poons painting is LITTLE SANGRE DE CHRISTO (1964), which sold for $1,157,000 on November 12th, 2014. It’s a seminal work from the artist, an Optical Art acrylic on canvas that features a bold red background and small repeated almond shapes. It is one of two that have sold for around this amount in recent years.
What are the most famous paintings by Larry Poons?
While Larry Poons’ LITTLE SANGRE DE CHRISTO (1964) may be his most valuable, it is worth noting that Jessica’s Hartford, 1965 (1965) has sold for over a million dollars twice. The first time was in 2015 when it sold for $1,109,000 then again on November 13th, 2019 for $1,150,000. It shows an appreciation of the artists work in just a few short years.
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