- Publisher: California: Twelvetrees Press, (1986)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000OV7OV8
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Larry Stanton : Painting and Drawing Paperback – 1986
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According to the notes about Stanton, `Larry Stanton was a portraitist. He was always drawing people. He didn't exhibit much. Like most portraitists he was shy about showing his work, the worry about 'likeness' always seems to intervene. A kind of naive notion that the portrait IS them seems to take place. Larry struggled with this and slowly his struggle was beginning to bear fruit, a fact which is visible in the selection of his drawings and paintings reproduced here.'
Larry Stanton lived and painted in Manhattan until he died of AIDS at the age of 37 in 1984. His subject matter focused on his friends, family, and young men he met, often in gay bars. His portraits provide an eye on a generation of young men just as the AIDS scourge was preparing to wipe many of them out. His best work came from the short period beginning in 1981, after he recovered from a psychotic episode for which he was briefly institutionalized and, in which, alcohol and the death of his Mother played a significant role. When he returned to his work, he found in it a new commitment that became all engrossing. In NYC's Greenwich Village, he became a familiar sight, starting every day in the early afternoon, drinking coffee at the same spot while balancing his sketchbook and drawing someone who caught his eye.Read more ›