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The Artist in His Loft

Rivers's work was never easy to categorize, although critics associated him with the Pop artists. His reinterpretation of classical and historical subjects often caused controversy, something the artist---and collectors---seemed to welcome. That delight in pushing the boundaries of convention...

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The artist; with Sidney Janis Gallery, New York; 1973, purchased by Reinhard Onnasch, Berlin, Germany; May 12, 2004, sold by Sotheby's, New York, lot 44 to MFA, Boston; purchased June 23, 2004 -Reinhard Onnasch (born in 1939, Görlitz, Germany) is a Berlin real estate developer, dealer, and collector. Onnasch opened a gallery in Berlin in 1969 and in Cologne in 1970. In 1971, he opened a gallery in New York (the first German to have a gallery in New York, according to Onnasch). Onnasch was the first to represent a number of American artists in Europe. Also, Gerhard Richter's first exhibition in the United States was at Onnasch's gallery in 1973. Onnasch also owned George Segal's The Farm Worker (1962-63), Laundromat (1966-67), Artist in His Studio (1968), and Man Installing Pepsi-Sign (1973).

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Museum purchase with funds donated by the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fund and the Linde Family Foundation


© VAGA, New York, NY



Overall: 228.6 x 175.3 x 152.4 cm (90 x 69 x 60 in.)

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Plaster, wood, glass, porcelain, and metal


Contemporary Art