A clean nearly mint copy of the 1992 book "What Did I Do, The Unauthorized Autobiography", ***hand signed*** by Pop artist LARRY RIVERS (1923-2002). The book is signed by Rivers with felt marker on title page; what appear to be cross-outs of letters and actual drawings are in fact printed. Larry Rivers, born in the Bronx of Ukrainian Jewish parentage, is considered a major figure of the second generation of the New York School. According to the Wikipedia listing, he is considered by many art scholars to be the "Godfather" or "Grandfather" of Pop Art, one of the first to "merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction". Rivers attended the Hans Hoffmann School in the late 1940's. By the early 1960's his ascendance in the art world was well underway. Today his paintings and drawings can sell into the hundreds of thousands of dollars at major auction; in 2010 a painting hammered for $950,000. This first edition book with dust jacket, published in 1992 by HarperCollins, is in excellent condition. It measures 9 1/2" by 6 1/2" by 1 5/8" (nearly 500 pages). The "unauthorized" part of the title seems to be tongue-in-cheek. The detailed biography is bawdy and colorful and looks to be a fascinating read about an artist who saw and experienced most of the American and Pop Art worlds in the second half of the century. See the net for much, much more information on Larry Rivers and his place in contemporary art in the second half of the twentieth century.
LARRY RIVERS (1923-2002) Pop Art master artist hand signed 1992 autobiography book