Stuart Davis: In Full Swing DVD, A National Gallery of Art Presentation

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Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Stuart Davis: In Full Swing passes over the artist’s earliest efforts to begin in 1921 with his breakthrough paintings of tobacco packages. Moving ahead through five decades to his final canvas, the exhibition often strays from chronology to explore Davis’s habit of recycling earlier work for new compositions. With more than one hundred of his most important, visually complex compositions on view, the exhibition highlights Davis's ability to assimilate the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, the lessons of cubism, and the sounds and rhythms of jazz into works that hum with intelligence and energy.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing DVD, A National Gallery of Art Presentation

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Narrated by John Lithgow

This DVD was made possible by the HRH Foundation and was produced by the department of exhibition programs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, in conjunction with the exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing.


Stuart Davis (1892–1964) was an American original. Trained as a realist painter, he became a pioneering abstract artist after seeing works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, and other European modernists at the Armory Show in New York in 1913. Davis’s exuberant, colorful compositions echo the dynamism of the American scene and the rhythms of jazz, the artist’s lifelong passion. This documentary surveys his career and includes original footage shot on location in New York and Gloucester, Massachusetts; interviews with scholars and a musician; images of Davis’s paintings; and archival footage and photographs of the artist.

  • 30 minutes
  • Color
  • English subtitles available, closed captioned
  • Released: 2016

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