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Stuart Davis in Gloucester

 

Multiple Views, oil on canvas, 1918, collection of Earl Davis, courtesy Salander-O'Reilly Gallery, New York, NY

 

The Cape Ann Historical Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts is exhibiting "Stuart Davis in Gloucester", an exhibition which focuses on the work Stuart Davis created on Cape Ann. As he developed the style that made him a modern American master, Gloucester images remained part of his work until the end of his life. The exhibition will continue until November 27, 1999. This important exhibition, the first ever of its kind, presents work from the artists pivotal Gloucester years, 1915 - 1934. The ground breaking exhibition will be accompanied by a book written by Davis scholar Karen Wilkin titled "Stuart Davis in Gloucester" and published by Hard Press.

"Stuart Davis in Gloucester" explores the important relationship that developed between the artist and the place and the influence of that relationship on art in America. Davis came to Gloucester for the first time in the summer of 1915 when he was 21 and returned almost every summer until 1934. Davis' development - from post-Impressionist through the style he called "optical geometry" - can be traced in his Gloucester landscapes and harbor scenes. Many of the Gloucester design elements became part of his iconography and continued to appear in his later work.

Davis' life in Gloueester centered around a group of close friends which included artists John Sloan and Paul Cornoyer among others. These artists worked in close proximity and some of them lived together in a red cottage in East Gloucester for a number of years.

The exhibition and book have unprecedented access to material in the Davis archives, much of it never examined before. The letters, diaries and photographs promise to shed light on Davis' processes, materials and methods,.as well as the social aspects of his development in the Gloucester years. "Stuart Davis in Gloucester" will include paintings on loan from a number of institutions and private collections and from the Davis estate.

Following its run at the Cape Ann Historical Museum, the exhibition will travel through July 2000. Other venues include the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, Delaware) January through. March 2000 and the National Academy Museum (New York City) March through July 2000.

Read more articles and essays concerning this institutional source by visiting the sub-index page for the Cape Ann Historical Museum in Resource Library.

For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

rev. 10/18/10


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