Larry Poons American, b. 1937


Larry Poons was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1937. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music from 1955 until 1957. Interest in the artist Piet Mondrian and his Boogie Woogie pictures with their geometric forms led Poons away from the study of music to the practice of art. He then decided to enroll at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. At first he played a prominent role in the Optical Art and Color Field Art Movements, but Poons made many changes in his artistic techniques over the course of his career. During his lifetime Poons had more than 60 solo exhibitions in various galleries around the globe. He was fortunate to achieve great success early in his career and be represented by several prominent contemporary art galleries. His works have also been shown in many group exhibitions, while a number of respected museums have chosen to accession his paintings. His paintings also hang in the collections of major private art collectors. Numerous books and publications have been written regarding his works and his artistic career.  Today he resides in New York City where he teaches at the Art Students League, but maintains a studio in Florida as well as another studio in upstate New York.

Museums and Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio. 

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Art Institute of Chicago

Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

Brighton & Hove Museums, England 

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado 

Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines, Iowa

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York 

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana   

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles). Los Angeles, California

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston Massachusetts

Museum Of Fine Arts (Houston), Houston, Texas

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Tate Gallery, London, UK

University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

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