Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Exhibition Overview


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Artist Stuart Davis captures the cool in this special exhibition of 80+ paintings & drawings that prove he’s an American original. With a career that stretched from the early 1900s into the ‘60s, Davis is a leader in American modern art. Through his bold colors and dynamic forms, he merged the visuals of advertising with the rhythms of jazz.

This exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, by curators Barbara Haskell and Harry Cooper with Sarah Humphreville. Support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Sponsored at Crystal Bridges by James Dyke and Helen Porter.

(Photo: ©Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA New York, NY)

Exhibition Highlights


Owh! in Sao Pao

Stuart Davis

Owh! in San Pao, 1951
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Stuart Davis

Rapt at Rappaport’s, 1951–52
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Stuart Davis

Odol, 1924
Salt Shaker

Stuart Davis

Salt Shaker, 1931
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Stuart Davis

Super Table, 1925
The Paris Bit, 1959

Stuart Davis

The Paris Bit, 1959
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Stuart Davis

The Mellow Pad, 1945–51
Place Pasdeloup, 1928

Stuart Davis

Palace Pasdeloup, 1928
Visa, 1951

Stuart Davis

Visa, 1951
House and Street, 1931

Stuart Davis

House and Street, 1931
Exhibition Highlights
Owh! in Sao Pao
Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art, Owh! in San Pao, 1951
Oil on canvas
52 3/16 × 42 in.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase

Stuart Davis

Owh! in San Pao, 1951
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Rapt at Rappaport’s, 1951–52
Oil on canvas
52 x 40 in.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Stuart Davis

Rapt at Rappaport’s, 1951–52
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Odol, 1924
Oil on academy board
24 1/2 x 17 5/8 in.
Cincinnati Art Museum; The Edwin and Virginia Irwin Memorial

Stuart Davis

Odol, 1924
Salt Shaker
Digital Image © 2015 MoMA, N,Y., Salt Shaker, 1931
Oil on canvas
49 7/8 x 32 in.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York; gift of Edith Gregor Halpert, 1954

Stuart Davis

Salt Shaker, 1931
Super Table.jpg
Super Table, 1925
Oil on canvas
48 x 34 1/8 in.
Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago; Daniel J. Terra Collection

Stuart Davis

Super Table, 1925
The Paris Bit, 1959
Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art, The Paris Bit, 1959
Oil on canvas
46 1/8 × 60 1/16 in.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art

Stuart Davis

The Paris Bit, 1959
The Mellow Pad.jpg
The Mellow Pad, 1945–51
Oil on canvas
26 1/4 x 42 1/8 in.
Brooklyn Museum; bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal

Stuart Davis

The Mellow Pad, 1945–51
Place Pasdeloup, 1928
Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art, Place Pasdeloup, 1928
Oil on canvas
36 3/8 × 29 in.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Stuart Davis

Palace Pasdeloup, 1928
Visa, 1951
Digital Image © 2015 MoMA, N,Y., Visa, 1951
Oil on canvas
40 x 52 in.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York; gift of Mrs. Gertrud A. Mellon, 1953

Stuart Davis

Visa, 1951
House and Street, 1931
Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art, House and Street, 1931
Oil on canvas
26 1/8 × 42 1/8 in.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase

Stuart Davis

House and Street, 1931
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