BIO

My name is Larry Stark and I've been an artist since 1967. My work has been purchased by seventy public institutions including: The Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Gallery of Canada, The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and The Detroit Institute of Art. I've had one person exhibitions at over fifty public institutions including The Chicago Art Institute. I've shown at many commercial art galleries including Castelli Gallery in New York and The Morgan Gallery in Kansas City. I used to take photographs and silk screen them as limited edition prints on paper or as unique images on canvas. Now I make photographic ink jet prints. I do weird projects too and call them art. I believe that is the definition of conceptual art. Just kidding! The conceptual art movement was founded by artists who believed the concept behind a work of art is more important than the artist's product.

Barbara Benson and I married in January of 1961 and we have 5 children: Marc Benson, Aaron Jay, Aphrodite, Isis Athena and Buffalo Zeus. We have 11 grandchildren. The oldest turned 33 in December, 2019. We had a dog named Joe, but he died in 2011. We now get Zeus and Lori's dog, Freda, on weekends. Our house is unfinished and it will always be un-finished. The zoning commissioner where we used to live in Minnesota recently asked in an email if we ever lived in a finished house. "Years ago when we rented."

CAREER SUMMARY


12/24/40--Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan

1959-1963--Studied mathematics, worked as an accountant, and wondered why.

1963-1965--Studied art at Illinois Tech and the U of Michigan (Bachelors degree).

1968--Lived in San Francisco. Traveled via freight train to Chicago and made first print at friends house on the inside jacket cover of copy of Big Brother & The Holding Company’s “Cheap Thrills” album. Returned to San Francisco and produced 15 editions of prints in 3 months.

1969---First exhibition at Mandrake Gallery in San Francisco which was the last show they had before going out of business. Started traveling around the USA going door to door to museums selling art and arranging exhibitions. The art consisted of photo screen prints, mostly black and white high contrast, with an occasional solid color to make an area stand out. The imagery ranged from nudes with hair dryers asabstractions, to the use of the highway.

1970--Continued to travel and use the highway as a source of inspiration. Sold work to over thirty museums. A grant from the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover MA funded a conceptual art project, traveling 9,500 miles, eating only at McDonald’s hamburger establishments and printing 12 photo-screen prints of McDonalds called “One Culture Under God”.

1971--First New York City exhibition was at Feigen Graphics. Continued traveling selling art work to 30 more museums. Completed “Self Portrait” portfolio consisting of ten wallet documents.

1972--Exhibition at Castelli Graphics. Made 50 print portfolio called “The United States of America in the Early 1970’s, each print made from a photograph taken in a different state. Started series of unique 4 color screen prints on canvas. Theme: US culture is very homogenized.

1973--Printed series of nature images on both canvas and paper. Exhibition at Castelli Graphics of the “USA in the Early 1970’s” portfolio

1974--Produced 46”x66” screen prints on canvas in small editions. Did two lithographs published by Landfall Press.

1975--Received grant from Phillips Academy to produce 18 canvas editions of freeway interchanges and bridges called “Monuments of the Western World.” Theme: USA interstate system equivalent to Roman aqueducts, European cathedrals and the great pyramids of Egypt. Exhibition at Castelli SoHo of the 1974 canvases.

1976--"Monuments Of the Western World" exhibition toured to six museums. Owned asparagus farm; Picked asparagus, ate asparagus omelets and grilled asparagus cheese sandwiches and raw asparagus every day for seven weeks each year and gave the rest of it away. Started doing corporate and portrait commissions.

1977--Produced lithograph at Illinois State University visiting artist workshop.

1978-1978--Spent this time experimenting with new ideas and producing canvases and paper editions of abstract water images.

1980--Started series of mezzotint four color process prints of agricultural and nature images.

1981-1987--Continued mezzotint four color process prints. Traveled the country photographing Americana and landscapes.

1988--Started fishouse project; A book, 12 photoscreen prints, an exhibition, a live-in-a-fishouse-for-a-month conceptual art experience, a design competition involving several chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Theme: Fishouses as folk architecture.

1992--"Fishouses of the Great North" started its tour at the Minnesota Museum of Art in St Paul.

1990-Present--Worked on and finished the fishouse prints. Started and finished “Fishing America-A Work of Art”; consisting of fishing all 50 states as art, creating photo-screen prints for each state, writing and publishing a newsletter. Like the dog in "Travels With Charlie" or the centerlines in "Blue Line Highways" or the boat in "Old Glory", Fishing is what brought everything together for a focus on American culture and American landscape.

1996-1997--Took break from “Fishing America-A Work of Art” to work on a conceptual art project, a CSA, called "The Ondo Dondo Real Food Farm".




INSTITUTION COLLECTIONS: (Partial Listing)


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Museum of Art, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
The Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX




ONE PERSON INSTITUTION EXHIBITIONS: (Partial Listing)


DeYoung Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Corcoran Workshop Gallery, Washington, DC
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame University, IN
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH




ORGANIZER OF:


“Fishouses Of The Great North” MMOA, St Paul, MN




ONE PERSON COMMERCIAL GALLERY EXHIBITIONS: (Partial Listing)


Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, KS
Leo Castelli Graphics, New York City (two exhibitions)
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City




REVIEWS: (Partial Listing)


“Poet of the Highways.” Tom Albright, S.F. Chronicle
“Mesmerized feeling and a feeling of solitude.” Donald Kay, Milwaukee Journal
“It is somewhat uncommon to view good art that is also pretty, Larry Stark’s photo silkscreens are an exception.” Kelly Wise, Boston Globe
“A gentle, thoughtful vision of the land.....” Donald Hoffmann, Kansas City Star




INSTITUTION COLLECTIONS: (Full Listing)


Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover MA

Albright Knox Gallery of Art, Buffalo NY

Allen Museum of Art, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH

The John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation, Kansas City KS

Benton Harbor Public Library, Benton Harbor, MI

Birmingham Museum of art, Birmingham, AL

Bluffton College Art Gallery, Bluffton, OH

Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bowdoin, ME

Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Central Iowa Art Association, Marshalltown, IA

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

Dallas Museum of the Arts, Dallas, TX

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

Davison Art Center Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

East Central State College Art Museum, Ada, OK

Eastman House, International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY

Eckerd College-Elliott Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI

Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Houston Contemporary Art Museum. Houston, TX

Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

J B Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY

Kalamazoo Art Institute, Kalamazoo, MI

Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

MacNider Museum, Mason City, IA

Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Memorial Art Gallery, University of, Rochester, Rochester, NY

Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Pine Technical College, Pine City, MN

Portland Art Museum, Portland OR

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Rose Art Center, Brandies University, Waltham, Ma

Sheldon Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Sloan Gallery Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

Tyron Art Gallery, Smith College, Amherst, MA

Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN

Steinberg Gallery, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO

SUNY Art Gallery, Albany, NY

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH

University of Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

S F Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Spencer Museum of Art University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

University of New Hampshire Art Museum, Durham, NH

Jack S Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

University of Oregon Art Museum, Eugene, OR

Utah Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, UT

Vancouver Gallery of Art, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Wallraf Richartz Museum of Art, Koln, Germany

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

Wichita Art Association Gallery, Wichita, KS

Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT




EXHIBITS: (Full Listing)


Mandrake Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1969

Workshop, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1970-02

Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1970-03

Hayden Lounge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1970-03

Mead Art Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 1970-04

Albright Knox Member’s Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1970-06

University of Oklahoma Museum of Art, Norman, OK, 1970-06

Gallery in the Square, Fort Worth, TX, 1970

University of Wisconsin, Union Theater Gallery, Madison, WI 1970-07

Waddington Gallery, Montreal, ON, Canada, 1970-07

DeYoung Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, 1970-09

Gallery of Art, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN 1970-09

Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 1970-11

College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID, 1970-12

Red River Art Center, Moorhead, MN, 1971-02

Richard Feigen Graphics, New York, NY, 1971-03

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1971-03

Print Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1971-04

Optik Gallery, Amherst, MA, 1971-04

The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, 1971-05

Peter M David Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 1971-05

E. G. Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 1971-04

East Central State College, Ada, OK, 1971-07

DeWaters Art Center, Flint Institute of Art, MI, 1971-07

Irving Galleries, Milwaukee, WI, 1971-08

Larson Gallery, Yakima Vallery College, Yakima, WA, 1971-09

Memorial Union Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 1971-11

Off Limits Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, 1971-11

Center of the Eye Gallery, Aspen CO, 1971-11

Tucson Art Center, Tucson, AZ, 1971-12

Leo Castelli Graphics Gallery, New York, NY, 1972, 01

Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1972-01

California State Polytechnical College, Pomona, CA 1972-02

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, 1972-02

Bau-xi Gallery Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1972-02

Morgan Gallery, Shawnee Mission, KS, 1972-04

Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1972-04

Sally Judd Gallery, Portland, OR, 1972-04

Malvina Miller Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1972-05

Krannert Art Gallery, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 1972-07

Michael Wyman Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1972-08

Leo Castelli Graphics Gallery, New York, NY, 1972-09

Morgan Gallery, Shawnee Mission, KS, 1972-09

Gallery in the Square, Fort Worth, TX, 1972-09

Klein Vogel Gallery, Detroit, MI, 1972-10

Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI, 1972-10

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA, 1972-12

Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 1973-01

Sloan Gallery, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, 1973-01

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, 1973-04

Central Iowa Art Association Gallery, Marshalltown, IA, 1973-09

Not In New York Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 1974-02

One Eighteen Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 1974-12

Hamilton Williams Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 1975-01

Dobrick Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1975-03

Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, 1975-03

Dobrick Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1975-03

Emdem Gallery, Saint Louis, MO, 1975-04

The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover MA, 1976-01

Morgan Gallery, Shawnee Mission, KS, 1976-02

One Twenty in the Shade Gallery, Lansing, MI, 1976-02

Hamilton Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 1976-03

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1976-05

Williams Street Gallery, South Haven, MI, 1976-06

Dobrick Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1978-05

Kingpitcher Gallery, Pittsburg, PA, 1996-07

Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 1976-08

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, 1976-09

Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1977-01

Morgan Gallery, Shawnee Mission, KS, 1979-12

I have lost most of the records for exhibits in the 1980s

The Rite Angle Gallery, Nashville, TN, 1980s

The Wichita Art Association, Wichita, KS, 1988-10 (2 person exhibit)

Douglas Baker Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 1989-02

The Phipps Center for the arts, Hudson, WI 1989-05 (2 person exhibit)

The Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, WI, 1990-01

Haydon Gallery, Lincoln NE, 1990-02 (2 person exhibit)

Minnesota Museum of Art, Saint Paul, MN, 1992-01

I organized this exhibit for the Minnesota Museum of Art which dealt with images of ice fishing shanties. I arranged a competition for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to design a fish house. The exhibit consisted of twenty entries from the AIA design competition, paintings by Dale Johnson, a Minnesota painter, a life size glass and steel fish house by Linda Christensen, a Minnesota ceramist and 12 of my photo-serigraphs.

Georgia State University Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1992-10 (2 person exhibit)

Nordeen Reuther Fine Art, La Crosse, WI 1992-01 (2 person exhibit)

Douglas Baker Gallery, Minneapolis, 1992-01

Haydon Gallery, Lincoln NE, 1992-02 (2 person exhibit)

Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 1994-Winter

Krasl Art Center, Saint Joseph, Michigan, 1996-11

Douglas Baker Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 1998-04

Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck ND, 1999-03

Bismarck State College Gallery, Bismarck, ND, 1999-03

Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT, 2001-08

Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2002-07

Center Gallery, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN, 2002-08

‘And’ Gallery, Saint Paul, MN, 2003-07

David Strawn Art Gallery, Jacksonville, IL 2003-04

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR, 2004-03

Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI, 2004-05

Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, Eau Claire, WI 2004-05

Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO 2004-09

L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire, WI, 2004-10

Myles Reif Arts Center, Grand Rapids, MN, 2004-12

Douglas Baker Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2006-07

Sheldon Art Galleries, Saint Louis, MO, 2007-01

Center for Faith and Life Gallery, Luther College, Decorah, IA, 2008-04

I organized this exhibit, which deals with maps. I collected them for a 35 year period and commissioned people (artists and non-artists) to create maps. Some of this exhibit is art and some is informational.

The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover MA, 2012-09





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