Marsha Mateyka Gallery

Gene Davis

(American, 1920–1985)

concord ( p324 ) by gene davis

Gene Davis

Concord ( P324 ), 1982

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icebox ( p506 ) by gene davis

Gene Davis

Icebox ( P506 ), 1969

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sunball by gene davis

Gene Davis

Sunball, 1960

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sunball ( p348 ) by gene davis

Gene Davis

Sunball ( P348 ), 1960

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untitled by gene davis

Gene Davis

Untitled, 1956

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untitled by gene davis

Gene Davis

Untitled, 1956

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untitled by gene davis

Gene Davis

Untitled, 1956

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untitled by gene davis

Gene Davis

Untitled, 1952

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untitled by gene davis

Gene Davis

Untitled, 1952

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untitled ( p7 ) by gene davis

Gene Davis

untitled ( P7 ), 1985

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Biography

Timeline

1920
Born in Washington, D.C.
1939 - 1942
Studied the liberal arts at the Maryland University, Baltimore, MD
1943
Attended Wilson Teachers College, Washington, D.C.
1965
Awarded a Bronze Medal for Painting, Biennial Exhibition of American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1967
Received a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Began teaching at the Corcoran Gallery Art School, Washington, D.C.
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, D.C.

Exhibitions

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)
2001
Works from the Estate of the Artist, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC
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)
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

Public Collections

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Fine Arts Museums Of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Literature

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)