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Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000, bulk 1942-1990

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Series 5: Writings , 1944-1990
2 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6, 17, 19

Writings include notes, articles, statements, essays, books, and research material by and about Gene Davis. Writings by Gene Davis include artist statements, magazine and newspaper articles about art, news stories written as a White House correspondent for Transradio Press Service, exhibition-related texts, notes, and a proposal for the site-specific "Grass Painting" at the Kennedy Center in 1974. Artist's statements were usually written for specific Davis exhibitions, and include a statement for the "Gene Davis Give-Away," a happening undertaken with Douglas Davis and Ed McGowin in 1969. Several of Davis's articles reflect specifically on the Washington, D.C. art scene. Most of the writings exist as typescripts. Photocopies of the published article are found for a few items.
Writings by others include articles and books about Gene Davis by various authors, and research notes by Percy North. Articles are filed by author. One of the books is a handwritten satire by Jim Lodge documenting the installation of a large work by Davis in a private office. Other books with records in this series are monographs on Davis; one by Donald Wall (1975) and another by Steven Naifeh (1982). Materials found for Wall's book include galley proofs for interviews of Davis conducted by Barbara Rose, Donald Wall, and Walter Hopps, and color proofs of the color plates. Materials found for the Naifeh book include an edited typescript of the text, black and white photographic prints of images from the book, and color transparencies and Chromalin prints of color plates. The photographs are heavily annotated with markup for print production, as well as some source information. Black and white photographs referred to as "reference prints" are photographs of Davis and others. The rest of the photographs and plates are of artworks.
Research notes by Percy North include photocopied published material with annotations by North, notes, a list of articles collected, and notes updating the bibliography and exhibition list for Naifeh's 1982 monograph.
Writings by Gene Davis are filed first, alphabetically by title, form, or subject, followed by writings by others, filed alphabetically by author. Where multiple drafts exist for a piece, the draft that appears to be closest to final is filed at the front of the folder. Published versions of many of the writings are found in series 6, Printed Materials. Original transcripts and one sound recording from the interviews contained in the 1975 Donald Wall book are found in series 2, Interviews and Lectures.
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Writings by Gene Davis
Artist Statements, circa 1962-1983
5
2
Bulletin Board Materials, circa 1968-1970
5
3
Notes, circa 1960-1985
5
4
Untitled Fragments, circa 1970
5
5
For
Architecture
Magazine, 1984
5
6
"Gene Baro (1924-1982) - A Tribute", 1982
5
7
"Jacob Kainen's Recent Work", circa 1970
5
8
Journalism as a White House Correspondent, circa 1944-1948
5
9-12
"A New York State of Mind" in the
Washington Post
, 1981 November 3
5
13
On Arshile Gorky, circa 1965
5
14
On "Big" Al Carter, 1982
5
15
On Franz Bader, circa 1985
5
16
On Douglas Davis, circa 1970
5
17
On Mary Page Evans, 1984
5
18
On Max Protetch, circa 1975
5
19
On Pablo Picasso, circa 1973
5
20
On Working as a Journalist, circa 1983
5
21
"Options: Washington, 1981", 1981
5
22
"Proposal for a Grass Painting", circa 1974
5
23
"A Rambling Love Note to the Phillips Collection" and "Campaign for the Phillips", circa 1960, 1982
5
24
"Random Thoughts on Art" for Art International, 1971
5
25-27
Specifications for Canvas Stretchers, 1962
5
28
Response to Irving Sandler Questionnaire, 1966
5
29
Response to ArtForum Questionnaire, 1975
5
30
"Time Painting", circa 1972
5
31
Video Tape Ideas, circa 1971
Oversized notes in OV 19
5
32
"Washington Art in the Fifties - An Artist's Memoir", circa 1979
5
33
Articles by Others
Leslie Judd Ahlander, "The Emerging Art of Washington", 1962
5
34
Lawrence Alloway, "Nine Contemporary Painters, U.S.A.", 1964
5
35
Gene Baro, "The Drawn Image", circa 1980
5
36
Gene Baro on Gene Davis, 1979
5
37
Murray Bring, "Toast to Gene" for Middendorf Exhibition, 1983
5
38
Jean Lawlor Cohen, on Gene Davis, 1967
5
39
Jean Lawlor Cohen, "Washington Art History: The Fifties", circa 1988
5
40
Timothy Hynes, "Gene Davis: Where Opposites Meet", 1983
5
41
Ken Jackson, "Gene Davis, Art Teacher", 1968
5
42
Jacob Kainen, "Gene Davis and the Art of the Color Interval", 1966
5
43
Pinky Kase, "Gene Davis: the Random and the Ordered", 1983
5
44
Billy Kluver, Transcript of Oral Presentation on Proposed Cable Television Rules , 1971 March 26
5
45
Donald Kuspit, "Gene Davis", circa 1983
5
46
Jane Livingston, "Gene Davis", 1985
5
47
Sharon Michael, "Gene Davis: A Colorist Salutes the Stripe", 1968
5
48
Steven Naifeh, "Going to Extremes: Artist Gene Davis Paints the Biggest Painting in History", 1979
5
49
Steven W. Naifeh, "Niagara by Gene Davis: Walking a Bold Line between the Basic and the Banal", 1979
5
50
Steven W. Naifeh, "Writing a Dissertation on a Living Artist", 1980
5
51
Gerald Nordland, On Gene Davis, circa 1967
5
52
Percy North, "Child and Man: A Collaboration", circa 1983
5
53
Percy North, "Gene Davis (1920-1985)", 1987
5
54
Percy North on Sun Sonata, 1983
5
55
Donald Wall, "Art Stripes Real? The Recent Paintings of Gene Davis", circa 1975
5
56
Donald Wall, "The Early Prophetic Paintings of Gene Davis", circa 1975
5
57
Donald Wall, "The Early Stripe Paintings of Gene Davis", circa 1969
5
58
Donald Wall, "Gene Davis and Color Forming", circa 1967
5
59
Donald Wall, "Gene Davis and the Issue of Complexity", circa 1970
5
60
Donald Wall, "Gene Davis: Confrontations with Architecture", 1977
5
61
Donald Wall, "The Micro-Paintings of Gene Davis: An Architect's Response", 1968
5
62
Donald Wall, On Gene Davis and Kenneth Noland, circa 1970
5
63
Donald Wall, "The Ubiquitous Stripe", circa 1970
5
64
Donald Wall, "2 Fragments of 'Great Thoughts'", circa 1970
5
65
Ralph Pomeroy, "The March of Time in Color", circa 1970
5
66
Books
"Big Ben" by Jim Lodge, circa 1976
A handmade satirical play and photo album about the stretching and hanging of Davis's "Big Ben" canvas in a private office
5
67
Gene Davis
by Donald Wall (1975)
Chronology, Biography, and Bibliography, circa 1975
5
68
Galley Proofs and Color Plates, circa 1975
Oversized galley proof and color plate in OV 19
5
69-70
Gene Davis
by Steven Naifeh (1982)
Bibliography, circa 1982
5
71
Biographical Material, circa 1980
5
72
Edited Typescript, circa 1982
5
73-77
Notes from Gene Davis, circa 1980
5
78
Photographs, Black and White Reference Prints, circa 1982
5
79
Photographs, Black and White Figures 1-40, circa 1982
Oversized photographs (figures 3 and 39) in Box 17
5
80-83
Gene Davis
by Steven Naifeh (1982)
Photographs, Black and White Figures 41-91, circa 1982
Oversized photographs in Box 17
6
1-4
Photographs, Color Plates 2-17, circa 1982
6
5-9
Photographs, Color Plates 18-46, circa 1982
6
10-14
Photographs, Color Plates 47-74, circa 1982
Oversized color plates 56 and 58 in Box 17
6
15-19
Photographs, Color Plates 75-103, circa 1982
Oversized color plates in Box 17
6
20-25
Compilation of Critical Reviews of "Two Decades of American Painting" Exhibition (1966), circa 1990
6
26
Research by Percy North
Annotated Articles (1952-1981), circa 1985-1990
6
27-30
List of Articles Collected, circa 1985-1990
6
31
Notes, circa 1985-1990
6
32
Photocopied Book and Catalog Excerpts (1964-1977), circa 1985-1990
6
33
Updates to Bibliography and Exhibition List, circa 1985-1990
6
34
Unsigned Exhibition Reviews and Articles, 1963, 1984
6
35
Unsigned Research Notes, circa 1977-1987
6
36
Oversized Photograph from Box 5, folder 80
17
Oversized Photograph from Box 5, folder 83
17
Oversized Photograph from Box 6, folder 3
17
Oversized Color Plates from Box 6, folder 17
17
Oversized Color Plates from Box 6, folder 19
17
Oversized Color Plates from Box 6, folder 21
17
Oversized Notes from Box 5, folder 32
OV 19
Oversized Galley Proof and Color Plate from Box 5, folder 69, 1944-1990
2.1 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6, 17, OV 19
OV 19

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