PRINT March 1971

A Conversation with Gene Davis

When did you join the Jefferson Place Gallery in Washington?

ALICE DENNY SAW MY WORK in Corcoran area shows or in a local group show. She may have seen my one-man show at Catholic University in 1953. I also had a show at the Franz Bader Gallery in 1956, so I wasn’t totally unknown. The Jefferson Place was a co-op gallery founded jointly by Alice Denny and a young wealthy collector around town whose name escapes me. It was made up mostly of the American University group who were oriented toward de Kooning and the figure. They included Robert Gates, Joe Summerford, Helene McKenzie Herzbrun and Bob Calfee.

Alice came around to look at my work, liked it and said she was going to propose me for membership in the gallery. It seems that you had to have the votes of three of the member artists in order to be accepted. To make a long story short, I didn’t get enough votes to get into the gallery.

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