Premiere

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Premiere

Alternate Title: Première
United States, 1957
Paintings
Oil on canvas
58 × 50 in. (147.32 × 127 cm)
Museum Purchase, Art Museum Council Fund (M.60.4)
Currently on public view:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, floor 3

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Label

Premiere’s colorful quadrants combine geometric abstraction and the graphic appeal of consumer goods in anticipation of the Pop art of the 1960s....
Premiere’s colorful quadrants combine geometric abstraction and the graphic appeal of consumer goods in anticipation of the Pop art of the 1960s. In response to a commission by Fortune magazine, which invited several artists to make still life paintings of ordinary products, Stuart Davis purchased common items from the supermarket, such as coffee, juice, and Brillo cleaning pads, and arranged them on the floor of his studio. Drawings of the process—also in LACMA’s collection— reveal the artist’s exacting approach to finding the right rhythm of color and sensory impact of the scene. In the end, Davis highlighted simple shapes and contrasting colors with bold terms such as “large,” “free,” and “new.” These are the hyperboles of advertising, but they also comment on the vocabulary of Abstract Expressionism, which was becoming cliché and giving way to Pop’s irony and humor.

Wall label, 2021.
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