GENE DAVIS - DRAWINGS **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** ART MONOGRAPH Washington DC Artist
GENE DAVIS : DRAWINGS. An art monograph filled with b&w drawings by Gene Davis, created over a period of 30 years. They show a different side of this important Washington D.C. artist.
Published by the Arts Publisher, New York, 1982. First Edition, so stated.
SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the ARTIST on the front free endpaper:
"To my friend Laura Carpenter / With all my best wishes / Gene Davis".
Laura Carpenter was an Art Gallery owner and the previous owner of this book. There is a small label of Laura L. Carpenter, aka Laura Carpenter Fine Art, on the front free endpaper. (An interesting side note about Laura L. Carpenter / Laura Carpenter Fine Art - Laura Carpenter owned a small fine arts gallery in Santa Fe. She became very close friends with a wealthy woman who poured over $1.5 into Laura's gallery. Things didn't go so well with the Gallery or the friendship. Bankruptcy and lawsuits followed. The curious can search Laura Carpenter Fine Art to read the ugly details. Fortunately this book survived unscathed.)
NEAR FINE book in a NEAR FINE dustjacket, there is a small previous owner's label on the front free endpaper, as noted above, and an original MMA (Museum of Modern Art) price sticker on the front flap of the dj, otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear. A lovely copy with an interesting history.
SCARCE with the SIGNATURE and WARM INSCRIPTION of GENE DAVIS.
About GENE DAVIS (from Wikipedia):
******Gene Davis was born in Washington D.C. in 1920 and died there in 1985. He was part of the "Washington Color School", and was known especially for his paintings of vertical stripes of color.
He participated in the "Washington Color Painters" exhibit at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, DC, which traveled to other venues around the US, and launched the recognition of the Washington Color School as a regional movement in which Davis was a central figure. The Washington painters were among the most prominent of the mid-century color field painters. Though he worked in a variety of media and styles, including ink, oil, acrylic, video, and collage, Davis is best known for his acrylic paintings of colorful vertical stripes, which he began to paint in 1958.
His works are in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many others.******