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Gene Davis    (American, 1920-1985)

 Gene Davis - Concord ( P324 ) (Paintings) h: 69 x w: 90 in / h: 175.3 x w: 228.6 cm
Gene Davis
Concord ( P324 ) 1982
 
 Gene Davis - Icebox ( P506 ) (Paintings) h: 68.5 x d: 69 in / h: 174 x d: 175.3 cm
Gene Davis
Icebox ( P506 ) 1969
 
 Gene Davis - Icebox (detail) (Paintings) h: 68.5 x w: 69 in / h: 174 x w: 175.3 cm
Gene Davis
Icebox (detail) 1969
 
 Gene Davis - Sunball ( P348 ) (Paintings) h: 88 x w: 93 in / h: 223.5 x w: 236.2 cm
Gene Davis
Sunball ( P348 ) 1960
 
 Gene Davis - untitled ( P7 ) (Paintings) h: 55 x w: 80 in / h: 139.7 x w: 203.2 cm
Gene Davis
untitled ( P7 ) 1985
 
 

Biographie
1920 Born: Washington, DC
1939 - 1942 Studied the liberal arts at the Maryland University, Baltimore, MD
1943 Attended Wilson Teachers College, Washington, DC
1965 Awarded a Bronze Medal for Painting, Biennial Exhibition of American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1967 Received a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Began teaching at the Corcoran Gallery Art School, Washington, DC
1969 Commission: 60-foot mural for South Mall Project, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, NY
1972 Commission: 414-foot painting, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1974 Awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1980 Commission: Street Painting at Art Park, New York, NY
1984 Appointed Commissioner, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
1985 Died: Washington, DC

Expositions
2009 Shaping Reality: Geometric Abstraction after 1960 - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2008 Gene Davis: On Paper. Watercolors and Drawings from the Estate of the Artist, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-1975, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2007 Gene Davis, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
Gene Davis: Interval, The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC(solo)
Selected Works from the Estate of Gene Davis, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC(solo)
2006 Gene Davis: Three Decades, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
2005 Gene Davis: Stripe Paintings from the Estate, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA(solo)
Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2004 Gene Davis: 1960s Stripe Paintings, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
Florian Sundheimer Kunsthandel, Munich, Germany
Color: Works from the Estate of the Artist, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC
On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the DaimlerChrysler Collection, Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany (travelled to: The Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa)
Painting by Design, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Strata, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
2003 Minimalism and After II: New Acquisitions, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
That 70s Print Show, Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York, NY
Strata, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Gene Davis, Paintings and Drawings from the Estate of the Artist, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
2000 - 2002 Modernism and Abstraction: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The ArtMuseum at Florida International University, Miami, FL (travelled to: Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, NY; Allentown Art Museum, PA; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; Worcester Art Museum, MA; National Academy Museum, New York, NY; Des Moines Art Center, IA; Muskegon Museum of Art, MI)
2001 Works from the Estate of the Artist, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC
2000 Art at Work: Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan Collection, Queens Museum of Art, NY
Birthday Tribute to Jacob Kainen and Selections from the Washington Color School, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
1999 At The Threshold Of The Visible: Miniscule And Small-Scale Art, 1964-1996 (travelled to: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Decker Galleries, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach; Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA)
1998 In Our Time: Contemporary Art from the Bayly Art Musuem Collection, Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
1997 Works from the Estate of the Artist, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC(solo)
1995 Gene Davis in Black and White: Drawings From the Fifties and Eighties, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC(solo)
1987 Gene Davis: A Memorial Exhibition, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC(solo)
1983 Gene Davis: Recent Paintings and Drawings, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE (solo)
1982 Gene Davis: Thirty Years of Drawing, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY(solo)
Thirty Painters: Given and Promised, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1979 Gene Davis: Recent Paintings (1970-78), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (travelled to: Dayton Art Institute, Dayton OH; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC) (solo)
1974 Within the Decade: Selections from the Guggenheim Permanent Collection, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1972 Color Field Painting to Post-Color Field Abstraction: Art for the ‘70's, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
1971 The Structure of Color, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1970 Gene Davis: The Early Paintings, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC(solo)
Washington: Twenty Years, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
1968 Gene Davis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, DC(solo)
1966 Two Decades of American Painting, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY: National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Lalit Kala Gallery, New Delhi, India; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
30th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The 1960's, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Large Scale American Paintings, The Jewish Museum, New York , NY
1965 The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY ( travelled to: The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, Pasadena, CA; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD)
Colorists: 1950-1965, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1964 Post Painterly Abstraction, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA ( travelled to: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
1959 Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)

Publications
2004 Rich, Sarah K. Gene Davis: 1960s Stripe Paintings. New York: Charles Cowles Gallery, 2004
1987 Serwer, J. D . Gene Davis, A Memorial Exhibition. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987 (catalogue)
1984 Gene Davis: The Random and the Ordered. Kansas City: University of Missouri Gallery of Art, 1984
1982 Baro, G. Gene Davis Drawings. New York: Arts Publisher, 1982
1977 Gene Davis: Rectangle Paintings. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1977 (catalogue)
1975 Wall, D. (ed.). Gene Davis. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1975
1968 Gene Davis, An Exhibition. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1968 (catalogue)
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