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Gene Davis, Yellow Jacket, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 8' 11 1/4“ x 18' 4”.

Gene Davis

Miles McEnery Gallery

Gene Davis, Yellow Jacket, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 8' 11 1/4“ x 18' 4”.

Made between 1961 and 1985, the eight enormous acrylic-on-canvas paintings by Gene Davis in this show—all composed of vertical bands and stripes—testify to the artist’s devotion to color. “To understand what my painting is all about,” Davis once said, “look at my painting in terms of individual colors . . . select[ing] a specific color such as yellow or a lime green, and take the time to see how it operates across the painting.” When one looks at Yellow Jacket, 1969, one notices yellow used in a variety of ways: On the right, narrow vertical lines of yellows are tightly interspersed with orange lines; on the left, blue and pink stripes are sandwiched between relatively wide bands of lemon; and in roughly the center, medium-size gold stripes emerge from within a broad swath of lime green. The result is a dazzling irregularity—the yellow takes on a variety of qualities,

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