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American Painter Larry Rivers

Rivers has a new autobiography, "What Did I Do?" He's known by art historians as "a great figurative painter," "the father of Pop Art," and is recognized as the first American artist to use vulgar objects in an artistic context. Rivers was part of a loosely knit association of poets and painters in New York in the 50's. His book looks back at his work as a jazz saxophonist, his drug use, and his unashamed interest in sexuality.

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Other segments from the episode on April 12, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 12, 1993: Review of a CD of the opera "Lord Byron"; Interview with Jack Larson; Interview with Larry Rivers; Commentary on mothers protecting their sons.

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