Wall Stripes No. 3
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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, North Wing
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
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."
Abstract - geometric
paint - acrylic
fabric - canvas
About Gene Davis
Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1920 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1985