Stuart Davis

1894 · United States

Artist biography

Stuart Davis is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Stuart Davis was born in 1894. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Man Ray, Norman Rockwell, Robert Brackman, Dorothea Lange and Alexander Calder.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Stuart Davis' work is available on viewing in Hollis Taggart Galleries and Barbara Mathes Gallery in New York, the United States. Stuart Davis' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Masters: Art Students League Teachers and their Students at Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 18 October 2018 until 01 December 2018. Stuart Davis' only other exhibition is Lines Thicken: Stuart Davis in Black and White, which took place at Kasmin Gallery | 293 Tenth Avenue in New York, the United States (13 September 2018 - 22 December 2018).

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly thought of as the most significant art centre worldwide. Major art movements developed and fostered in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a strong influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis was born in 1894, grew up during the 1900s and 1910s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The first major Post-impressionism movement in the first years of the twentieth century is generally considered to be the Fauves, a group for whom vivid, other-worldly colours and vibrant brushstrokes were a key component of painting, and who counted Henri Matisse as a member. In Paris at the same time, a young Pablo Picasso painted his renowned Blue and Rose periods. By the end of the 1920s, along with Georges Braque, he had developed the first fracturing of pictorial reality with Analytical Cubism. The first twenty years of the Twentieth Century can be seen to be among the most fertile, and are noted as the time in art history when modern and modernist ideas began to take hold of cultural production. The new order and rationality, alongside mechanisation in modes of production, saw art’s parallel discipline of architecture develop at an astonishing rate in the work of designers such as Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. It was the era of the Bauhaus and the idea of a common discipline amongst all modes of creative arts. Most, if not all, of the significant art movements we associate with modern and contemporary art can be viewed to source many of their essential founding philosophies in the astounding diversity of art produced during this time.

Stuart Davis

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