Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

September 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018

“…a universe of jazzy patterns and blazing colors.” - The New York Times

Artist Stuart Davis captures the cool in this special exhibition of 80+ paintings & drawings that prove he’s an American original.

With a career that stretched from the early 1900s into the ‘60s, Davis is a leader in American modern art. Through his bold colors and dynamic forms, he merged the visuals of advertising with the rhythms of jazz.


$8 (FREE for members and under 18)

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Special Exhibition Drop-In Tour

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 p.m.September 18 – December 29

Meet one of our knowledgeable guides in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery for a 45-minute guided tour of highlights fromStuart Davis: In Full Swing. The tour is free; exhibition ticket is required. Arrive five minutes prior to tour time.

Upcoming Events

Dec 09

Gallery Conversation » Poetry and Paintings

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dec 15

Dance Night » Swing!

December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

This major exhibition focuses on three phases of Davis’s work: from 1927 to 1937, during which he applied the forms of Cubism to still lifes and landscapes; 1938 to 1943, when his work increased in both size and abstraction; and from 1944 to his death in 1964, during which Davis invented a new abstract art language all his own. Merging the aesthetics of advertising with the rhythms of jazz and distinctly American-inspired subject matter, Davis’s unique style is sometimes referred to as the pre-cursor to Pop art.

This unique combo of Modernism and American imagery—full of excitement for the times in which he lived--continues to influence art being made today. Don’t miss this special exhibition of colorful artworks that virtually hum with energy.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing is sponsered by:

James Dyke and Helen Porter

This exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, by curators Barbara Haskell and Harry Cooper with Sarah Humphreville. Support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Sponsored at Crystal Bridges by James Dyke and Helen Porter.

Stuart Davis,The Mellow Pad, 1945–51, Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 42 1/8 in., Brooklyn Museum; bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal

Stuart Davis, Landscape with Garage Lights, 1931–32, Oil on canvas, 32 x 42 in., Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York; Marion Stratton Gould Fund

All images ©Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA New York, NY.