In partnership with The Underground Museum, the David Zwirner Gallery presents its new publication celebrating the work of American painter Noah Davis. The monograph capturing the artist’s story through the eyes of his close friends and colleagues marks his January 2020 exhibition at Zwirner, which is next hosted by The Underground Museum in L.A. Davis founded the museum with his wife and artist Karon Davis.
Curated by Helen Molesworth, it features interviews with Davis’ close friends and colleagues Lindsay Charlwood, Dagny Corcoran, Daniel DeSure, and Thomas Houseago. It’s also filled with color illustrations and archival photographs that capture the intimate and dynamic spirit of a studio visit with the artist.
Throughout his career, Davis created emotionally charged paintings that secured his place in the great American canon. “Instances where black aesthetics and modernist aesthetics collide,” as he described them, depict dreamy scenes of domesticity. Despite dying prematurely at 32, apart from becoming an accomplished painter, he also opened a Black-operated art space that is dedicated to the exhibition of museum-quality art in a culturally underserved African American and Latinx neighborhood in Los Angeles.
You can pre-order the Noah Davis book on David Zwirner’s website for $65 before it releases in September 2020.