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Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné

Edited by Ani Boyajian and Mark Rutkoski
Essays by William C. Agee and Karen Wilkin
Preface by Earl Davis

2008 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award, Art Libraries Society of North America

2007 Honorable Mention, Award for Excellence, Art and Art History, Association of American Publishers, Professional/Scholarly Division

The publication of the Stuart Davis catalogue raisonné is a scholarly milestone that goes far towards rectifying … slanted judgments. —David Anfam, Burlington Magazine

This massive compilation exponentially expands our understanding of Davis’s career. —Avis Berman, Artnews

With utmost quality, [the book] allows for an immersion that cannot be achieved in even today’s largest and finest exhibitions. —Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune

In this veritable museum-in-a-box set, the artist’s 1,749 known works are fully cataloged and described in an impeccably scholarly manner… . In terms of its definitiveness, this volume cannot be surpassed. As art historical erudition, it is a triumph well worth its price. —Douglas F. Smith, Library Journal Reviews

Stuart Davis (1892–1964) made a mark on the art world early in his career, first with his Ashcan works and then with his highly personal version of Cubism, which firmly established American modernism as a force that could rival its European counterpart. Over the course of six decades, Davis produced artworks that drew inspiration from the European modernists but were deeply rooted in the popular culture of the United States. Jazz music and hipster talk, vaudeville stages, city streetscapes, New England fishing villages, gasoline stations, store fronts, and commercial packaging and advertising images were among the sources that infused his art with energy, bringing crisp edges, radiant color, and syncopated rhythms to a vast body of paintings, watercolors, and drawings.

Documenting the life’s work of this prolific and highly influential artist—who affected almost every development in American art from second-generation Ashcan realism around 1912 to color field and geometric painting in the 1960s—is a monumental achievement. In these three volumes, the editors have catalogued 1,749 artworks by the artist—including more than 600 works never previously illustrated—providing extensive documentation and information about each one. A detailed chronology of Davis’s life, as well as an enlightening discussion of the compositional relationship between certain works spanning his oeuvre, rounds out this study. Exquisitely designed and produced, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné will be the definitive reference on the artist’s work for many years to come.

3 volumes: 386 pages (vol. 1); 710 pages (vol. 2); 478 pages (vol. 3) / 9 1/2 x 12 inches / 100 color and 60 black-and white illustrations (vol. 1); 400 color and 950 black-and-white illustrations (vol. 2); 390 color and 210 black-and-white illustrations (vol. 3) / Copublished with Yale University Press / 2007
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