Whitney Museum of American Art/de Young Stuart Davis : In Full Swing exhibition catalogue

Stuart Davis : In Full Swing

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'Stuart Davis: In Full Swing paints an excellent picture of Davis’ conscious breaking away from the influence of turn-of-the-century realism as depicted by John Sloan and George Bellows, to explore his own path' - New York Journal of Books

Beginning in 1921, a series of creative breakthroughs led Davis away from figurative painting and toward a more abstract expression of the world he inhabited. Davis's visionary depictions of modern life and culture both high and low remain relevant more than 50 years after his death.

This companion book to an exhibition at the Whitney and the de Young features approximately 100 works-from his paintings of early 1920s tobacco packages, the abstract Egg Beater series and the WPA mural works from the 1930s to the majestic works of his last two decades.

Davis' development is shown in 100 works and through excerpts from his own journals and photographs. Knowledgeable and insightful essays by Barbara Haskell, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Harry Cooper of the National Gallery in Washington offer important biographical perspectives and discuss Davis's unique ability to assimilate into his art not only the lessons of Cubism,modernism and abstraction, but also the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising and the sounds and rhythms of jazz-his great musical passion.

The book also includes a year-by-year, and often a month-by-month chronicle of Davis’ life from the year of his birth, 1892, to the year of his death in 1964. It details all of the professional and personal triumphs and sufferings of his life. 

The book is large format and handsomely produced with good quality colour reproductions printed on a wonderful grade of paper.

  • Author: Barbara Haskell, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Harry Cooper of the National Gallery
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Date published: June 2016
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks 
  • ISBN: 978-3791355108
  • Product Dimensions: 31.7 x 26.4 cm

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