ProvenancePrivate Collection, New York, acquired from the artist, c. 1958
Private Collection, by descent from above
ExhibitionKatonah Museum of Art, New York, Jazz and Visual Improvisation, January 21–April 15, 2001
LiteratureHunter, Sam, Larry Rivers (New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1970), illustrated, pl. 69
Bernard, Catherine and Stanley Crouch, Jazz and Visual Improvisation (Katonah, New York: Katonah Museum of Art, 2000), in checklist
Staudter, Thomas, "Bridging Jazz and Fine Arts," The New York Times, January 14, 2001, illustrated...More..., p. 11
In addition to being a visual artist, Larry Rivers was a jazz saxophonist who studied at the Juilliard School of Music from 1945-1946. This painting's subject echoes the artists' interest in Jazz and the musical scene in New York City, particularly Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side.
“Untitled” (1958) is notable bas the same owner has held it since the work was acquired directly from the artist several decades ago. This work is from the apex of the artists' career in New York and could comfortably hang in a museum's permanent collection.