Beyond Camel198098 3/4 x 79 1/4 in.(250.83 x 201.3 cm) acrylic on canvas
Provenance Property from the collection of Gloria Luria, Miami, Florida, direct from the artist
LiteratureArchitectural Digest May 1984 “Orchestrating for Fine Art” page 162 in an article about Gloria & Leonard Luria's fine art collection and home
Larry Rivers is considered by many to be the father of the Pop Art movement. In Rivers's 1980 work "Beyond Camel," we see a slightly out of focus Camel Cigarette pack, an item from consumer culture Rivers has appropriated to create a critique of commoditization and consumer culture. Rivers would have certainly been aware of the work of Stuart Davis and his 1921 painting, "Lucky Strike," depicting a flattened pack of cigarettes. Rivers interprets his subject with a Pop Art perspective; however, the imagery is almost larger than life, and the brand image is presented as a subject unto itself.
In 2002, a retrospective of Rivers's work was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.