Stuart Davis (1892–1964), The Paris Bit, 1959.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing focuses on an artist whose formal brilliance and complexity captured the energy of mass culture and modern life. The exhibition explores Davis’s mature work, from his paintings of consumer products to his habit of using preexisting motifs as springboards for new compositions.
Less space is given to his early works in favor of the series of breakthroughs he made beginning in 1921 with his paintings of tobacco packages and household products, and continuing into his last two decades in which he employed abstract shapes, brilliant color, and words to evoke the ebullience of popular culture.
Stuart Davis has been considered one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century and the best American artist of his generation, considering that his art hailed as a precursor of the rival styles of pop and geometric color and abstraction.
“(…) HE INVENTED A VOCABULARY THAT HARNESSED THE GRAMMAR OF ABSTRACTION TO THE SPEED AND SIMULTANEITY OF MODERN AMERICA.” – BARBARA HASKELL
Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Owh! in San Pao, 1951.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York;
© Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY