Jazz! Cubism! Pop culture! Madison Avenue! Walt Whitman! The painter Stuart Davis pulled together all these 20th-century threads and wove a tapestry of modern life and art in America…and foretold the coming of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and so many more.
Watch the story unfold for yourself at the big Stuart Davis exhibition, In Full Swing, that’s bouncing around the country this year. After debuting at the Whitney last June, it’s since moved on to the National Gallery here in D.C., where it’ll stay till March 5. If you miss it here, you’ll still have a chance to catch it at San Francisco’s de Young Museum (April 8–August 6), but remember, admission to the National Gallery is, as always, free. And, with the money you save, you can help support the Whitney, which created the show, by buying a set of Stuart Davis temporary tattoos from the museum’s online shop. (Best exhibition souvenir ever!)
Featured Image: Stuart Davis, House and Street, 1931, oil on canvas, overall: 66 × 107.9 cm (26 × 42 1/2 in.) , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Purchase Art © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Stuart Davis, Lucky Strike, 1924, oil on paperboard, overall: 45.7 × 60.9 cm (18 × 24 in.) , Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, x.51593 Photographer credit: Cathy Carver VAGA Art © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Photo Courtesy of Jens Mortensen Photography