Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000

Davis, Gene, b. 1920 d. 1985
Active in Washington, D.C.

Collection size: 16.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material; estate papers; correspondence; business records; interviews; writings; notes; gallery files; sketches; printed material; videotapes; and photographs.

Included are: biographical writings, a resume, and awards; correspondence and legal documents regarding the estate of Gene Davis; correspondence, undated and 1942-1985, with curators, dealers, critics, artists, galleries, museums, and others; business records, 1932-1965, including loan agreements, receipts, and financial statements; transcripts of interviews conducted by Jacob Kainen, Lisa Lyons, Barbara Rose, Donald Wall, John Gerard, and Walter Hopps (includes an audio tape); writings by Davis, undated and 1941-1980, including stories written as a White House reporter and essays on art; writings by others, 1964-1965, including Gene Baro, Donald Wall, Sharon Michael, Ken Jackson and Steven Naifeh; notes;

gallery files on Charles Cowles Gallery, Feldman Gallery, Henri Gallery, Hokin Gallery, Pense Gallery and the Washington Project for the Arts "Child and Man" exhibition; 4 sketches by Davis, 1930-1968; printed material, 1951-1990, including clippings, exhibition catalogs, newsletters, arts calendars, a book, GENE DAVIS, edited by Donald Wall, and miscellaneous; 4 videotapes (VHS) of the National Museum of American Art's 1987 Davis memorial exhibition; and photographs, 1925-1985, of Davis, his wife Florence, his studio, friends and family, travel, art work, exhibitions, and of presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy; and three photograph albums containing similar photographs.

ADDITION: Primarily files of printed material and some correspondence (ca. 10 ft.); slides; photographs of paintings; films; video tapes; and sound recordings about Davis and his work.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Washington, D.C. Died 1985. Associated with the Washington Color School of painting.

Donated 1981 by Gene Davis and 1986 by his wife, Florence. Additional material donated 1991 and 1993 from Smithsonian American Art Museum via a bequest to them from the Gene and Florence Davis estate. Much of the 1993 addition was assembled by art historian Percy North at the request of Florence Davis.

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