June 17, 2011

Friday Fave

The Corcoran Gallery of Art has an upcoming exhibit Washington Color and Light featuring the works of the Washington Color School.  The exhibit, opening June 25th, will highlight the  local D.C. artists' passion for color and urge for exploration.  Gene Davis, Kenneth Noland, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed, Thomas Downing and Morris Louis-who never thought of themselves a group-first showed together in the exhibition, Washington Color Painters, in 1965.  While their individual styles varied, their experimentation with acrylic paint and optical color patterns are the common thread among the artists.

Below is a delightful acrylic by Gene Davis.  Davis is best known for his brilliant stripe paintings.  When I first came to D.C. I couldn't understand what was so impressive about his works--seeing them in a book or on a computer screen is simply not the same as standing in front of one of his massive paintings.  While he did do smaller works,  most of his paintings are LARGE! 48 x 48 in, 57 x 57 in, 60 x 70 in, 95 x 115 in...Nothing can compare to seeing a canvas with teeny, thin vivid stripes that's larger than you!

Gene Davis (American 1920-1985), Red Chatterbox, acrylic on canvas
Auctioned by Sotheby's Arcade, New York on June 22, 2005
price realized: $10,800 (including buyer's premium)

I'm enchanted by the playful, bright colors and summery nature of this work!

Have a wonderful weekend!

{image via AskArt}

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