Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
Audio Guide Playlist
This audio guide features commentary about selected works in the exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, especially for kids.
Narrator: In this painting, Stuart Davis created an off-kilter checkerboard inside a sunny yellow border. Using just a handful of intense colors, he combined bold fonts with all kinds of geometric and curvy shapes. The composition is dynamic, bouncing our eyes this way and that.
In 1957, a magazine hired Davis to respond to the packages that products were sold in. He went to the store, bought a big bag of groceries, and began painting. He made an interesting choice. He didn’t paint the objects themselves. Instead he pictured their names in bright, contrasting colors with bold lettering. The painting doesn't actually make a sound, but it becomes almost like the voice of a radio or television advertisement, inviting us to buy certain things. This is one of Davis’s later paintings, and it’s the last stop on our tour. But Davis worked until the end of his life, and he kept making paintings of the world around him. If he were still working today, what kinds of exciting new things do you think he'd be painting? Thanks for joining me. Enjoy your visit!
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
- 502 Stuart Davis, Odol, 1924
- 505 Stuart Davis, Egg Beater No. 4, 1928
- 507 Stuart Davis, House and Street, 1931
- 509 Stuart Davis, Swing Landscape, 1938
- 511 Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945-51
- 514 Stuart Davis, Owh! In San Pao, 1951
- 517 Stuart Davis, Première, 1957