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Stuart Davis. American Painter.

Modern Art] Ssims, Lowery Stokes.

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ISBN 10: 0810964058 / ISBN 13: 9780810964051
Published by Abrams, New York, 1991
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First Printing. A Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with a slight discoloration to the front panel. Davis studied with Robert Henri 1910-13, made covers and drawings for the social realist periodical The Masses, which was associated with the Ash-can School, and exhibited watercolors in the Armory Show, which made an overwhelming impact on him. After a visit to Paris in 1928-29 he introduced a new note into US Cubism, basing himself on its Synthetic rather than its Analytical phase. Using natural forms, particularly forms suggesting the characteristic environment of American life, he rearranged them into flat poster-like patterns with precise outlines and sharply contrasting colors (House and Street, Whitney Museum, New York, 1931). He later went over to pure abstract patterns, into which he often introduced lettering, suggestions of advertisements, posters, etc. (Owh! in San Pao, Whitney Museum, 1951). The zest and dynamism of such works reflect his interest in jazz. Davis is generally considered to be the outstanding American artist to work in a Cubist idiom. Bookseller Inventory # 25236

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Title: Stuart Davis. American Painter.

Publisher: Abrams, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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A volume on Stuart Davis, an American artist of the 20th century. He forged a personal and varied iconography inspired by the upheaval of the city, the tranquility of the seaside, industry and the automobile, cafe society, sports, jazz music and his year-long stay in Paris.

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Davis's "amazing continuity" emerges as the underlying theme of this volume, published to coincide with the first retrospective exhibition of the artist's work (175 pieces) in over 25 years, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Seven essayists trace Davis's propensity for continually reworking themes and motifs throughout his 55-year-long career. Aspects of his oeuvre that have received little scholarly attention, such as the early landscapes of 1909-20, the Paris paintings of the late 1920s, and works of the 1940s through the 1960s, are examined in the context of such concurrent movements as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and color field painting. The ciphering and encoding that are integral to his work continue to challenge viewers. A major work on a major American artist.
- Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut .
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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