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Larry Stanton

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Died  18 October 1984

Larry Stanton (June 21, 1947 — October 18, 1984) was a Manhattan-based portrait artist whose work was championed by David Hockney, Henry Geldzahler, Ellsworth Kelly and others. He was a handsome and charismatic gay man who lived in Greenwich Village in New York City.


Formal training

In 1965, Stanton moved from upstate New York to New York City. He attended Cooper Union for one semester in 1966, then in 1967 he moved to Los Angeles to live with Arthur Lambert. In 1968, he attended Art Center College of Design for a year, where he studied painting and drawing. In 1969 he received a scholarship at the New School of Social Research to study printmaking. A show at New York City's Gotham Gallery followed in 1970.


In 1979, the death of Stanton's mother from cancer, combined with increasing alcohol addiction, resulted in a breakdown for which he had to be hospitalized. By 1981, he fully recovered and found a new passion for painting. The faces of his family, friends and the boys he met became the primary focus of his work

Exhibitions and death

In 1983, he had a show at the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City. In 1984 he showed at the Aaron Berman Gallery, at PS 1 and at the Magic Gallery in New York City. After he died, his collected works were shown at the Charles Cowles Gallery in NYC in 1987.


Stanton's work is in the permanent collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City.


Larry Stanton Wikipedia

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