Sunday, April 9, 2017
No Trip to the 3rd Floor is Wasted
When: through April 2, 2017
I went to see Gene Davis: Hot Beat at the SAAM, and at least I got to see the wild and wonderful 3rd Floor. As you can see from the picture, the floor, walls and ceiling are all patterned - no minimalism or austerity here. Plus, that skylight is a beauty. Good thing I was happy with this, as the show itself, well...
Davis painted stripes, some wide, some narrow, most colorful. And I have nothing against colorful stripes, but is that really enough to get you a show at the Smithsonian? Obviously, the answer is yes, but I just don't see that this is great art. I'll grant you, it made me think of jazz and the piano, and if they'd had a sound track running, that would have been a great touch, but it just doesn't seem enough to make an artist.
Verdict: If colorful stripes are enough for you - this is a show I hope you didn't miss.