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Rapt at Rappaport's, 1952

Stuart Davis, American, b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1892–1964

Oil on canvas, 52 x 40 in. (132.8 x 101.4 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Accession Number: 66.1165

Provenance:
Downtown Gallery, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wolf, Great Neck, New York
Downtown Gallery, New York, to 19 April 1957
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 19 April 1957-17 May 1966
(held in the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation Collection from 1961 to 1966)
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "1952 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting," 6 November 1952-4 January 1953, no. 33.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, Urbana. "Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture," 1 March-12 April 1953, no. 30, plate 34.
DOWNTOWN GALLERY, New York. "Stuart Davis," 2-27 March 1954, no. 4, colorplate cover.
WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis. "Stuart Davis," 30 March-19 May 1957, no. 29, colorplate p. 50. Tour: DES MOINES ART CENTER, 9-30 June; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 6 August-8 September; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 25 September-17 November.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Ten Modern Masters of American Art: 30 Works Selected from The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," no. 80, colorplate frontispiece. TOUR: COE COLLEGE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1-21 January 1959; QUINCY ART CLUB, Quincy, Illinois, 2-22 February; DES MOINES ART CENTER, Iowa, 6-26 March; E. B. CROCKER GALLERY, Sacramento, 8-28 April; NASHVILLE ARTISTS' GUILD, 10-30 May; ROANOKE FINE ARTS CENTER, Virginia, 15 June-15 July; TIME, INC., New York, 28 July-17 August; COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART, South Carolina, 1-21 September; JOSLYN ART MUSEUM, Omaha, 5-25 October; WILLIAM ROCKHILL NELSON GALLERY OF ART, Kansas City, Missouri, 4-24 November; FORT LAUDERDALE ART CENTER, Florida, 7-27 December; JOHN HERRON ART INSTITUTE, Indianapolis, 10-30 January 1960.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York (organizer--for the United States Information Agency). "Vanguard American Painting," no. 12, ill. Tour: GALERIE WURTHLE, Vienna, 19 June-8 July 1961; ZWERGLGARTEN, Salzburg, Austria, 10 July-31 August; KALEMEGDAN PAVILION, Belgrade,Yugoslavia, 15 September-1 October; UMETNICKI PAVILION, Skoplje, Yugoslavia, 14-29 October; MODERNA GALERIJA, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, 9-20 November; UMETNOSTNA GALERIJA, Maribor, Yugoslavia, 25 November-4 December; MODERNA GALERIJA, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, 11 December-7 January 1962; GALLERY OF FINE ARTS, Rijeka, Yugoslavia, 13-31 January; USIS GALLERY, American Embassy, London, 28 February-30 March; HESSISCHE LANDESMUSEUM, Darmstadt, Germany, 14 April-13 May.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Paintings from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation Collection: A View of the Protean Century," no. 20, ill. p. 37. Tour: M. KNOEDLER & CO., New York, 31 October-24 November 1962; CURRIER GALLERY OF ART, Manchester, New Hampshire, 16 December-12 January 1963; CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, Pittsburgh, 30 January-26 February; EVANSVILLE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, Indiana, 16 March-12 April; MUNSON-WILLIAMS-PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, 30 April-27 May; J.B. SPEED ART MUSEUM, Louisville, Kentucky, 13 June-10 July; MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 30 July-25 August, SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, 11 September-8 October; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 26 October-23 November; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, Colorado, 11 December 1963-7 January 1964; DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 26 January-23 February; OKLAHOMA ART CENTER, Oklahoma City, 12 March-8 April; BROOKS MEMORIAL ART GALLERY, Memphis, Tennessee, 25 April-23 May; ATLANTA ART ASSOCIATION, Georgia, 10 June-7 July; SAGINAW ART MUSEUM, Michigan, 25 July-22 August; MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 8 September-6 October; ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM, Pennsylvania, 24 October-21 November; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 9 December 1964-10 January 1965; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, New York, 8 February-5 April.
NATIONAL COLLECTION OF FINE ARTS, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Stuart Davis Memorial Exhibition," 25 May-5 July 1965, no. 89, colorplate p. 40. Tour: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 30 July-29 August; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 14 September-17 October; ART GALLERIES, University of California, Los Angeles, 6 November-6 December.
ART & HOME CENTER, Exposition Grounds, Syracuse, New York. "125 Years of New York State Painting and Sculpture," 30 August-5 September 1966, no. 13.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 760, colorplate p. 679.
BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART (organizer--for the United States Information Agency). "Two Hundred Years of American Painting: A Bicentennial Exhibition," checklist no. 39. Tour: RHEINISCHES LANDESMUSEUM, Bonn, 30 June-28 July 1976; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 14 August-11 September; GALLERIA NAZIONALE D'ARTE MODERNA, Rome, 28 September-26 October; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF POLAND, Warsaw, 12 November-10 December; MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER, Balitimore, 16 January-6 February 1977.
MUSEO DEL PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES, Mexico City (organized by the International Communication Agency, Washington, DC). "Painting in the United States from Public Collections in Washington, DC," 18 November 1980-4 January 1981, no. 67, ill.
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING EXHIBITION SERVICE (organizer). "Treasures from the Smithsonian," n.p., ill. Tour: ROYAL SCOTTISH MUSEUM, Edinburgh, 11 August-5 November 1984.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York. "Stuart Davis: American Painter," 23 November 1991-15 February 1992, pp. 105, 159, 277, 280, ill. cover and no. 147, p. 278. Tour: SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, 26 March-7 June.
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION, Venice. "Stuart Davis," 7 June-5 October 1997, no. 45, colorplate p. 163, p. 164. Tour: PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI, Rome, 22 October-12 January 1998; STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 1 February-19 April; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Washington, DC, 22 May-7 September.
SALANDER-O'REILLY GALLERIES, New York. "Stuart Davis: Major Late Paintings," 9 April-11 May 2002, no. 5, pp. 51-52, colorplate.

Published References:
ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART,Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Downtown Gallery Papers," Stuart Davis File, microfilm roll no. ND29, frames 430-431; microfilm roll no. 1838, frames 665-61.
DAVIS, STUART. Owh! in San Pao: Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture (Urbana: University of Illinois, 1952), p. 184.
WIGHT, FREDERICK S. "Stuart Davis," Art Digest 27 (15 May 1953), p. 23.
SECKLER, DOROTHY GEES. "Stuart Davis Paints a Picture," Art News 52 (Summer 1953), pp. 30-33, 73-74, colorplate p. 33.
GENAUER, EMILY. "Art and Artists: Reality vs. Realism Theme of Shows," Herald Tribune (7 March 1954), n.p. [from the Emily Genauer Papers via Inez Garson]
HESS, THOMAS B. "The Jazzy Formalism of Stuart Davis," Art News 53 (March 1954), p. 19.
LUCAS, JOHN. "The Fine Art Jive of Stuart Davis," Arts 31 (September 1957), p. 37, ill. p. 36.
LUCAS, JOHN. "Stuart Davis" in Stuart Davis (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1957), pp. 27, 43.
LUCAS, JOHN. "A Selection from Some Current Exhibitions Organized and Circulated by the A.F.A.," Art International 3 (1959-60), p. 61, no. 5.
GENAUER, EMILY. "Private Collection Put to Public Use," New York Herald Tribune (2 August 1959), section 4, p. 6A, ill.
GOOSSEN, EUGENE C. Stuart Davis (New York: Georger Braziller, 1959), ill. p. 57.
BLESH, RUDI. Stuart Davis (New York: Grove Press, 1960), p. 58.
COLEMAN, ROGER. "U.S. Vanguard," The Arts Review (London) XIV/51 (24 March-7 April 1962), ill. p. 6.
DONSON, JEROME A. "The American Vanguard Exhibitions in Europe," The Art Journal 22 (Spring 1963), ill. p. 244.
UNSIGNED. "Rap at Rappaports," The Western Herald (Seattle) (10 May 1963), n.p., ill.
DRISCOLL, EDGAR J. Jr. "The Art World: Contemporary Exhibit at Boston Museum," Boston Morning Globe (13 December 1964), p. A38.
GOODRICH, LLOYD. "Rebirth of a National Collection," Art in America 53 (June 1965), colorplate p. 86.
KOZLOFF, MAX. "Larry Rivers, Stuart Davis and Slang Idiom," Art Forum IV/3 (November 1965), p. 24.
KOZLOFF, MAX. Stuart Davis (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1965), p. 35, colorplate p. 40.
ARNASON, H. HARVARD. History of Modern Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1968), colorplate 192.
FORGEY, BENJAMIN. "A Hirshhorn Art Survey: Striking and Surprising," Washington DC Evening Star (23 February 1971): p. B7, ill.
KELDER, DIANE M., ed. Stuart Davis (New York: Praeger, 1971), p. 105, ill. 35.
HUNTER, SAM. American Art of the 20th Century (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1972), ill. p. 283.
LERNER, ABRAM, ed. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 679, fig. 760.
RAYNOR, VIVIEN. "A Preview of the New Hirshhorn Museum," New York Times (14 July 1974), section 2, p. 1.
BUTLER, JOSEPH T. "The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Opens in Washington, DC," Connoisseur 187 (November 1974), fig. 4.
HYAMS, BARRY. Hirshhorn: Medici from Brooklyn (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1979), p. 132.
UNSIGNED. "El Expresionismo Abstracto, Sello de Arte Contemporaneo," El Haraldo de Mexico (13 November 1980), p. 1-E.
DULLEA, GEORGIA. "Family Toy Store Bows to Change," New York Times (24 August 1981), p. B14, ill.
BROWN, MILTON W. One Hundred Masterpieces of American Painting from Public Collections in Washinton, DC (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983), pp.184-85, ill.
PARK, EDWARDS. Treasures from the Smithsonian (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983), ill.
UNSIGNED. "Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit," Orlando Sentinel (10 June 1984), p. H3.
BRITSCH, RALPH A. and TODD A. BRITSCH. The Arts in Western Culture (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1984), fig. 15-39, p. 390.
BROWN, JOE. "Arts Beat," Washington Post (20 June 1984), p. B7, ill.
WILLIAMS, MARTIN. "Jazz to Edinburgh, Courtesy Smithsonian," Studio International 197, no. 1005 (1984), p. 10, ill.
FEAVER, WILLIAM. "Edinburgh: Present at the Creation," Art News 83 (November 1984), pp. 151-52, ill.
ARNASON, H. HARVARD. History of Modern Art, 3rd ed.(New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986), colorplate 171.
WILKIN, KAREN. Stuart Davis (New York: Abbeville Press, 1987), pp. 37, 177, 178, 194, 216-17; ill. 191, p. 179.
BATES, SUSAN, and ANNE FICKLEN, eds. A Picture Tour of the Smithsonian (New York: American Legacy Press, 1987), ill. p. 41.
AGEE, WILLIAM. Stuart Davis: The Breakthrough Years, 1922-1924 (New York: Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, 1987), n.p.
AGEE, WILLIAM, foreword. Stuart Davis: Motifs and Versions (New York: Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, 1988), plate 9.
UNSIGNED. Science for All Americans (Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1989), ill. (chapter 9). Report.
RUTHERFORD, F. JAMES and ANDREW AHLGREN. Science for All Americans (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990), ill. p. 118.
RAPPAPORT, SUSAN, ed. 1991 Traveler's Guide to Museum Exhibitions (Museum Guide Publications, 1991), ill. p. 107.
GROVE, NANCY. "Itlksez: Alexander Calder and Stuart Davis," Modern Painters 5, no. 1 (Spring 1992), p. 82, ill.
WILSON, WILLIAM. Stuart Davis's Abstract Argot (San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1993), n.p., colorplate 26.
MCALLISTER, JANE, ed. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996), colorpl. p. 84; p. 85.
HILLS, PATRICIA. Stuart Davis (New York: Harry N. Abrams in association with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1996), ill. p. 112; p. 132.
SMITH, ROBERTA. "Riffs on America in an Abstract Direction," New York Times (23 May 1998), n.p.
COTTER, HOLLAND. "Stuart Davis: Major Later Paintings," New York Times (19 April 2002), n.p.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, American Abstraction (Mid-Century)