Exhibit: Legendary, Contrary, Larry Poons, Selected Paintings, 1975-2012

March 6—April 6, 2013, Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri

Herter Art Gallery

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Trevor Richardson

Since first emerging onto the art scene in the early 1960s, the paintings of Larry Poons have been the subject of consistent serious interest to critics and curators. He first achieved prominence with a series of striking, highly original paintings that contributed to defining Op Art.

More recently, Poons has continued to produce opulent works that are characterized by a chromatic and surface complexity designed to overwhelm the spectator with a greater multiplicity of impressions than can easily be assimilated in a single viewing. Throughout this long and fecund career, Larry Poons has confronted the art world on his own terms. Through his power to make paint function as a surrogate for his innermost thoughts and concerns, he makes palpable universal feelings about the possibilities of spiritual growth and renewal, and he speaks to us with a unique and compelling voice about the continuing possibilities of painting.

RECEPTION: Wednesday, March 6th, from 4 until 6pm

Herter Gallery's regular hours of operation on are: Mon-Fri : 11-4, and Sun: 1-4pm. (closed Saturdays)


Herter Art Gallery is located at the north end of Herter Hall west of the Fine Arts Center. Public parking is available at all times behind the Robsham Visitors Center and at meters along Haigis Mall. Nights and weekends parking is also available in Lot #71, west of the Whitmore Administration Building.