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Wall Stripes No. 3

1962 Gene Davis Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1920 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1985 acrylic on canvas overall (7 panels): 87 1/2 x 108 in. (222.3 x 274.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1966.88.1A-G Not currently on view


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Davis described his modular works as architectural because they incorporated the wall on which they were hung. These works, known as "planks," may have influenced minimalist sculptor Donald Judd, who reviewed and admired them in Davis's 1963 New York gallery show.

Gene Davis: Hot Beat, 2016

Gallery Label

In Wall Stripes No. 3, slices of empty wall interrupt seven bright canvases. The arrangement sets up a staccato rhythm among the stripes and transforms the painting into a work of architecture. By the late 1950s, Davis was convinced that the splashy canvases of the abstract expressionists had become a cliché. He chose instead to make his signature stripe paintings, a motif that allowed him to concentrate on color so intense that it "almost hurt."

Keywords

Abstract - geometric

painting

paint - acrylic

fabric - canvas

About Gene Davis

Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1920 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1985

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