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Gene Davis
Black Grey Beat
1964
acrylic
90 3/4 x 187 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift from the Vincent Melzac Collection



Gene Davis said he regarded the stripe as "subject matter—in the same way that one artist uses the nude and another landscape." The lively sequence of stripes in Black Grey Beat does not follow a pre-conceived plan. Davis described his method as "extremely romantic, chaotic, intuitive—anything but careful and calculated."