One of the museums I was most looking forward to when working in New York this summer was The Whitney Museum of American Art. I had visited their old location on the Upper East Side, but had yet to see their new space. It did not disappoint at all. The striking building it is in, the view of the Hudson river from the location and the Whitney’s amazing collection and exhibitions made for a great visit (also the upstairs café is delicious if you get hungry).
The Stuart Exhibition exhibition, on view until September 25, was both thought-provoking and pleasing to the eye. I loved the vibrancy and boldness of all the paintings and found the whole exhibition to be very uplifting- I spent a lot of time looking around. The exhibition explains how Davis looked to both avant garde painting as well as advertising (explained more here), and I think it’s really cool to see art that takes inspiration from other disciplines such as advertising.
I found the exhibition to be both informative as to what was going on culturally at the time Davis was working as well as a mood-booster with all the color and fun patterns that one could find in the works. For more about the connection to the pop culture scene, check out Leonard Lopate’s interview with co-curator Barbara Haskell below.
I found the works to be very abstract, but not so abstract that I couldn’t find my own interpretations of each piece. The combination of patterns and shapes on the surface of the works with the bigger connection to the changes in society made for a very engaging show.
Photos by Hanna.