Owh! In San Paõ was based on a painting of a coffee pot that Stuart Davis made twenty years earlier. In this painting, he simplified the coffee pot to just a cylinder, and added the words “else,” “used to be,” and “now.” Can you spot the words and the number 6?
Grab a few containers from your kitchen. They could be spices, cereals, jams, pastas, or canned food. Arrange them in a still life composition. Notice what stands out to you. Create a drawing or a painting using only geometric shapes such as squares, circles, rectangles, triangles, and cylinders. Add a few words that describe the objects in your picture.
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Stuart Davis, Owh! in San Paõ, 1951. Oil on canvas, 52 1/4 × 41 3/4 in. (132.7 × 106 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 52.2. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY