PRINT May 1971




Barbara Rose’s “Conversation with Gene Davis” in your March issue contains some misstatements of fact, as well as several innuendos, that give a distorted impression of what was going on in part of the Washington art world during the 1950s.

Mr. Davis has already corrected his account of how the Jefferson Place Gallery was founded, and taken back his story of seeing a “life-size expressionistic male nude” by Noland in the “window of the Jefferson Place” in 1959 (“Letters,” April, 1971). But there are innuendos and implications elsewhere in his interview that invite the reader to draw conclusions equally false in point of fact.

Speaking of the Fifties in Washington, Mr. Davis says: “None of us really took ourselves all that seriously. Artistic activity sort of gravitated around the annual Corcoran area show.” During this period I myself was married to Kenneth Noland and studying

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