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Two Part Blue

ca. 1964 Gene Davis Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1920 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1985 magna on canvas 95 1/2 x 111 1/2 in. (242.6 x 283.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Florence Coulson Davis 2005.19.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing

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Davis achieved a machine-like hard edge with masking tape. Even though he rejected visible brushwork for a flat application of color, he still allowed for imperfections--like the slight seepage of paint between stripes and some evidence of his hand. In later works produced in the 1970s, he began to paint freehand, brushing paint along pencil lines.

Gene Davis: Hot Beat, 2016


Abstract - geometric



fabric - canvas