Impression of the New York World’s Fair (mural study, Communications Building, World’s Fair, Flushing, New York)

Media - 1995.27 - SAAM-1995.27_1 - 52089
Copied Stuart Davis, Impression of the New York World's Fair (mural study, Communications Building, World's Fair, Flushing, New York), 1938, gouache on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the United States Information Agency through the General Services Administration, 1995.27

Artwork Details

Title
Impression of the New York World’s Fair (mural study, Communications Building, World’s Fair, Flushing, New York)
Artist
Commissioner
Harper's Bazaar
Date
1938
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 14 3422 18 in. (37.555.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Transfer from the United States Information Agency through the General Services Administration
Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache on paperboard
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Abstract — geometric
Object Number
1995.27

Artwork Description

This work is the only surviving design of the artist’s demolished mural for the Communications Building at the World’s Fair held in Flushing, New York, in 1939. This gouache was originally commissioned by Harper’s Bazaar magazine for its February 1939 issue. Impression of the New York World’s Fair is an interpretation of various architectural elements at the fair, such as the Perisphere and the Trylon, and of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee at center stage.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009