Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
Heritage is in the process of relocating its world headquarters to a new Dallas area location, which will be announced soon. Please call 214-528-3500 to confirm all Heritage appointments, events or deliveries in Dallas, as our departments and staff are moving at different times from separate locations.
IMPORTANT: In-person floor bidding is temporarily suspended and our offices are closed, except for scheduled appointments. See details including all options for bidding remotely.


    Larry Rivers (1923-2002)
    Portrait of an Artist (Howard Kanovitz), 1960
    Oil on canvas laid on panel
    21 x 19 inches (53.3 x 48.3 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: Rivers '60

    Holland Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, Illinois;
    Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, Inc., New York (label verso);
    Collection of Arthur Paul and Suzanne Seed, Chicago, Illinois.

    We would like to thank David Joel from the Larry Rivers Foundation for his cataloging assistance. Mr. Joel points out that "Howard Kanovitz and Larry Rivers were good friends for many years. In the 80s Howard played trombone in Larry's East 13th Street band. Many of the portraits that Larry made were of his friends and family, and Howard was certainly a close friend. As an artist who initially aligned himself with the Abstract Expressionists, Kanovitz ultimately felt stifled and in the early 60s broke off from Ab Ex, becoming a pioneer of Photo-realism. Rivers' portrait of Kanovitz emerging from an abstract field done in 1960 is both a fitting tribute to his friend and an acknowledgement of Kanovitz's burgeoning interest in the recognizable."

    Condition Report*: Framewear, most notably to the lower left edge; a small cluster of brown accretions center right, approximately 1/4 inches long in totality; one pinhead sized area of loss near the lower right corner in the blue pigment; a few possible pinholes to the upper corners. Framed Dimensions 22 X 20 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2018
    24th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,563

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 20 Prints & Multiples Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The high price received is a direct reflection of your hard work and integrity.
    Richard B.,
    Ogden, UT
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search