Stuart Davis: In Full Swing Audio Guide Playlist
Hear commentary by Curator Barbara Haskell who organized this exhibition with Harry Cooper from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Assistant Curator Sarah Humphreville, along with the jazz pianist Ben Sidran and archival interviews with Stuart Davis himself.
Barbara Haskell: One of the things people have always loved about Stuart Davis is his sense of America, that he really believed that artists should look to the local environment for inspiration.
Narrator: Curator Barbara Haskell organized this exhibition with Harry Cooper from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Assistant Curator Sarah Humphreville. You’ll be hearing from them on this audio guide too—along with the jazz pianist Ben Sidran and archival interviews with Davis himself.
We’ll begin in the gallery straight ahead. Go on in, and take a look around. Davis made these paintings during the 1920s and early thirties, while living in New York. They’re all quite abstract. By the time he painted them, Davis had been experimenting with modernism—and especially Cubism—for about a decade. But he made modernist abstraction his own, using it to capture the excitement of popular culture. He often chose distinctly American subjects. For example, he made a series focused on packages of cigarettes—which at the time were considered a quintessentially American product. We’ll begin our tour with one of those paintings. It has a newspaper in the background.
Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Première, 1957. Oil on canvas, 58 x 50 in. (147.3 x 127 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art; museum purchase, Art Museum Council Fund. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York
- 500 Introduction to Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
- 501 Stuart Davis, Lucky Strike, 1924
- 503 Stuart Davis, Edison Mazda, 1924
- 504 Stuart Davis, Super Table, 1924
- 505 Stuart Davis, Egg Beater No. 4, 1928
- 506 Stuart Davis, Rue Lipp, 1928
- 507 Stuart Davis, House and Street, 1931
- 508 Stuart Davis, New York Mural, 1932
- 5092 Stuart Davis, Swing Landscape, 1938 — Level 2
- 510 Stuart Davis, Mural for Studio B, WNYC, Municipal Broadcasting Company, 1939
- 511 Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945-51
- 513 Stuart Davis, Little Giant Still Life, 1950
- 514 Stuart Davis, Owh! In San Pao, 1951
- 515 Stuart Davis, Rapt at Rappaport’s, 1951-52
- 516 Stuart Davis, Memo #2, 1956
- 5162 Stuart Davis, Memo #2, 1956 — Level 2
- 5163 Stuart Davis, Memo #2, 1956 — Level 3
- 517 Stuart Davis, Premiere, 1957
- 518 Stuart Davis, American Painting, 1932/42-54
- 519 Stuart Davis, Fin, 1962-64
- 509 Stuart Davis, Swing Landscape, 1938
- 512 Stuart Davis, Colonial Cubism, 1954