Larry Silver

California Dreamin'
July 31 - September 15, 2018
Selected Works Thumbnail View
Newsboy, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, dated, annotated, and titled on versoNewsboy, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, dated, annotated, and titled on verso

Newsboy, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, dated, annotated, and titled on verso

Man with Dumb-bells, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 2011 15 x 15 1/8 in. (38.1 x 38.4 cm) Signed on versoMan with Dumb-bells, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 2011 15 x 15 1/8 in. (38.1 x 38.4 cm) Signed on verso

Man with Dumb-bells, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed 2011

15 x 15 1/8 in. (38.1 x 38.4 cm)

Signed on verso

Contestants, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 20 x 16 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed on versoContestants, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 20 x 16 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed on verso

Contestants, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

20 x 16 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed on verso

Boardwalk Bench Spectators, Muscle Beach, California, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 20 x 23 1/2 in. (50.8 x 59.7 cm) Signed, titled, and dated on versoBoardwalk Bench Spectators, Muscle Beach, California, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 20 x 23 1/2 in. (50.8 x 59.7 cm) Signed, titled, and dated on verso

Boardwalk Bench Spectators, Muscle Beach, California, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

20 x 23 1/2 in. (50.8 x 59.7 cm)

Signed, titled, and dated on verso

Shinning, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 1985 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on versoShinning, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 1985 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on verso

Shinning, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed 1985

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on verso

Woman Being Balanced, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (36.2 x 28.6 cm) Signed on versoWoman Being Balanced, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (36.2 x 28.6 cm) Signed on verso

Woman Being Balanced, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

14 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (36.2 x 28.6 cm)

Signed on verso

Boardwalk View, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 1983 16x 20 (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, and dated on versoBoardwalk View, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 1983 16x 20 (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, and dated on verso

Boardwalk View, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed 1983

16x 20 (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, titled, and dated on verso

Two Men Doing a Handstand, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2011 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, and annotated on versoTwo Men Doing a Handstand, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2011 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, and annotated on verso

Two Men Doing a Handstand, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2011

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, titled, and annotated on verso

People on Beach, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on versoPeople on Beach, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on verso

People on Beach, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on verso

Headstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) Signed, titled, and annotated on versoHeadstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) Signed, titled, and annotated on verso

Headstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Signed, titled, and annotated on verso

People Watching Boy Being Balanced, Muscle Beach, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 1980 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on versoPeople Watching Boy Being Balanced, Muscle Beach, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 1980 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on verso

People Watching Boy Being Balanced, Muscle Beach, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed 1980

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, titled, dated with artist stamp on verso

Boy Performing, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 28 cm) Signed on versoBoy Performing, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 28 cm) Signed on verso

Boy Performing, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 28 cm)

Signed on verso

Watching a Contest, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 17 in. (36 x 43 cm) Signed, titled, and dated on rectoWatching a Contest, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 17 in. (36 x 43 cm) Signed, titled, and dated on recto

Watching a Contest, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

14 x 17 in. (36 x 43 cm)

Signed, titled, and dated on recto

A Body Builder in a Squatting Position, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 12 7/8 x 15 1/2 in. (32.7 x 39.4 cm) Signed on versoA Body Builder in a Squatting Position, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 12 7/8 x 15 1/2 in. (32.7 x 39.4 cm) Signed on verso

A Body Builder in a Squatting Position, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954

Gelatin silver print, printed later

12 7/8 x 15 1/2 in. (32.7 x 39.4 cm)

Signed on verso

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present an exclusive online exhibition of Larry Silver’s iconic body of work, Muscle Beach. Silver arrived at the Art Center School in Los Angeles after earning a full scholarship in 1953, and after winning first prize in the Scholastic-Ansco Photography Awards during his senior year at High School of Industrial Art in New York City. Photographing the boardwalk locals, weightlifters, and performers, Silver candidly captures the entertainment, energy, and spectacle of the vibrant coastal neighborhood during the mid-century era, a thriving cultural moment in a burgeoning California. Muscle Beach has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography (1985), and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999).

 

Silver has had several solo and group exhibitions across international institutions including International Center of Photography, New York; New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Delaware Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Tampa Museum of Art, Florida; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing; and The Jewish Museum, New York.

 

Silver’s work is held in over 30 museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Smithsonian Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut; and the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.

 

Silver’s decades of photographs have been the subject of numerous books and catalogues including Made in California (2000); New York, Portrait of a City (2010); This Was the Photo League (2001) and Suburban Visions (2002). Silver currently lives and works in Connecticut.