Texts by Helen Molesworth and Franklin Sirmans
Interview by Helen Molesworth with Thomas Lax, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, and Fred Moten
“Embedding his dreams on canvas and in the community, visionary American artist Noah Davis created a mighty legacy.” —Rachel Willcock, ArtReview
Looking to literature, film, architecture, and art history, Noah Davis imbued his ethereal paintings with emotion and imagination. Muted colors, fantastic scenes, and blurred subjects create an intoxicating vision. Attuned to the power of his medium, Davis layered his paintings—figuratively and literally—using a unique dry paint application to depict quotidian life at an enigmatic, almost magical remove. Featuring sumptuous close-ups throughout, this important new book brings into focus the rich, painterly variety and luminous detail of Davis’s canvases.
With a special focus on the groundbreaking Underground Museum, which Noah Davis co-founded with his wife, Karon Davis, Noah Davis: In Detail includes a special conversation, moderated by Helen Molesworth, between Fred Moten, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Lax, and Julie Mehretu. This renowned group of artists and thinkers shares personal experiences of the powerful and emotional impact of The Underground Museum and its connection to the larger artistic environs of Los Angeles. Franklin Sirmans contributes a new essay, and Lindsay Charlwood, a lifelong friend of Noah’s, authors a chronology of his life, contextualizing his artistic and social achievements.
- David Zwirner Books, 2023
Hardcover, 208 pages
- 70 illustrations
- Gilded page ends
- 10 × 12 inches