Davis Davis - Biography - Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Pitman, 1983

BORN

November 2, 1950, Augusta, GA


RESIDES

Miami Beach, FL


EDUCATION

1972-73 University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1968-72 Mercer University, Macon, GA; B.A.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1979
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1981
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1982
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1983-84
"Davis Cone: Theater Paintings 1977-1983," Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
1984
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1988
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1991
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1994
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1998
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1979-80
"Southern Realism," Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS,
traveling to: University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, MS;
Roanoke Fine Arts Center, Roanoke, VA; Montgomery Museum of Art,
Montgomery, AL; Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
1981
"Visions of New York City: American Paintings, Drawings, and Prints
of the Twentieth Century," Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japan
1981-83
"Contemporary American Realism Since 1960," Pennsylvania Academy of
Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; travelling to: Virginia Museum of
Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Oakland Museum, CA; Gulbenkian
Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; Salas de Exposiciones (Recoletos),
Madrid, Spain; Kunsthalle, Nuremburg, Germany
1984
"Autoscape: The Automobile in the American Landscape," Whitney
Museum of American Art, Stamford, CT
1985
"Night Lights - 19th and 20th Century American Nocturnes," Taft
Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1985
"American Realism: The Precise Image," Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo,
Japan; Daimaru Museum, Osaka, Japan
1985
"Places Here & Now," Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
1986
"Nocturnal Imagery," O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
"Nocturnes and Nightmares," Florida State University Gallery & Museum, Tallahassee, FL
1987
"Fifty-First National Midyear Exhibition," Butler Institute of
American Art, Youngstown, OH
1987
"Urban Visions: The Contemporary Artist and New York," Adelphi
University, Garden City, NY
1988
"Tortue is O.K.," Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1989
"New York: City By Day/City By Night," Gallery Henoch, New York,
NY, February 2 - March 5
2002
“Photorealism at the Millennium: Vintage Photorealists,”
Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York, NY, Oct. 5-26
2004-05
“American Photorealism,” traveling exhibition, Japan: Iwate Museum
of Art, April 4 – May 16; Iwaki City Art Museum, May 23 – July 4;
Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, July 16 – September 5;
Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido, September 12 – November 7;
Also to Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, Dec. 12, 2004 –
March 27, 2005
2005
"Vintage Masterpieces of Photorealism", Louis K. Meisel Gallery,
New York, NY March 5- 26
2005/6
“Photorealism, Then and Now”, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Dec 8- Jan 9
2007
“Photorealism Today”, Plus One Gallery, London, April 25 – June 2
2008
“Recent Acquisitions”, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, February 2 – March 31 2008 “Recent Acquisitions”, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, September 27 – October 25


SELECTED BOOKS

Chase, Linda. Hollywood On Main Street, The Movie House Paintings of Davis Cone. Woodstock, NY: The Overlook Press, 1988.
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism at the Millennium. New York: Harry N.Abrams, 2002


SELECTED CATALOGS

Armstrong Tom. Visions of New York City, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1981.
Goodyear Jr., Frank M. Contemporary American Realism Since 1960, New York Graphic Society, Boston, MA, 1981.
Chase, Linda. Davis Cone: Theater Paintings 1977-1983, Georgia Museum of Art,
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1983.
Perkins, Pamela Gruninger. Autoscape: The Automobile in the AmericanLandscape. Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, Stamford, CT,
1984.
Arthur, John. American Realism: The Precise Image. Isetan Museum of Art,
Tokyo, Japan: The Asahi Shimbun, 1985.
Places Here & Now, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC, 1985.
Adcock, Craig. Nocturnes and Nightmares, Florida State University Gallery & Museum, Tallahassee, FL, 1987.
Fifty-First National Midyear Exhibition, the Butler Institute of
American Art, Youngstown, OH, 1987.
New Art In An Old City, The Virlane Foundation and the K & B
Corporation Collections, New Orleans, LA, pl.22, 1990.
American Photorealism, traveling exhibition, Japan, 2004: Iwate Museum
of Art, April 4 – May 16; Iwaki City Art Museum, May 23 – July 4;
Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, July 16 – September 5;
Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido, September 12 – November 7;
Also to Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, Dec. 12, 2004 –
March 27, 2005, pp. 52-53.


ARTICLES

English, John. "Grand Illusions," Atlanta Weekly (Atlanta Journal Constitution), 3 August 1980, pp. 16-19, 25.
Kuspit, Donald B. "Southern Realism at the University of Mississippi Museum,"
Art in America, No. 10, December 1980, p. 156.
Gnaff Hobson, Cindy. "USArts: Where Business Boosts Arts," Horizon,
Vol. 25, No. 8, 1982, p. 30.
Morris, Merrill. "Close-Up: Davis Cone," Athens Observer, 8 July 1982, p. 4.
Adair, Sally. "Cone Exhibit: One Man Show at Art Museum," Banner Herald/Daily News (Athens, GA), 29 October 1983, p. 5.
Elmore, Heidi. "Davis Cone Showcases Showplaces," New Art Review,
June 1983, pp. 7-8, 15.
Fox, Catherine. "Vanishing Movie Theatres are vital in Davis Cone's Realist Paintings," Atlanta Journal/Constitution, 13 November 1983, p. 7H.
Kalber, Elaine. "Photo Realist Davis Cone: Exhibit of Theater Paintings
Opens at Georgia Museum," Banner Herald/Daily News (Athens, GA), 30 October 1983, p. 1D.
Shearer, Lee. "The Art of Davis Cone," Athens Observer, 27 October 1983,
pp. 1B-2B.
"Exhibit Opening at Hunter Depicts Vintage Theatres," Chattanooga Times,
13 January 1984.
"Photo Realist Cone at Hunter Museum," Chattanooga News-Free Press,
8 January 1984, p. 4L.
Findsen, Owen. "Taft Exhibit 'Night Lights' Illuminative, Highly Seductive," Cincinnati Enquirer, 5 May 1985, p. F6.
Hamilton, Kendra. "Show displays artists' sense of 'place'," Greenville Piedmont, 20 August 1985.
Saint-Gilles, Amaury. "Art: Seeing is Believing," Tokyo Journal,
August 1985, pp. 68-69.
Stein, Jerry. "Taft exhibition will shed some light on the night,"
Cincinnati Post, 30 April 1985, p. 8B.
Tower, Ann. "Nighttime is star of Cincinnati show," Lexington Herald-Leader,
9 June 1985, p. D6.
English, John W. "Windows of Vision," Atlanta Weekly, 20 July 1986, pp. 6-15.
Galligan, Gregory. "Reviews: Group Show, O.K. Harris," Arts Magazine,
October 1986, p. 127.
Hinson, Mark. "FSU Gallery hanging up some nightmarish visions," Limelight: Tallahassee Democrat's Arts and Entertainment Guide, 6 March 1987.
Rubenstein, Betty. "Shows depict three views of art," Tallahassee Democrat, 20 March 1987, p. 12D.
Toomey, Paul. "Shedding Sharp Light on Murky Evening Shades," Florida Flambeau, 13 March 1987.
Novak, Ralph. "Picks & Pans," People Magazine, 17 October 1988.
"The Last Picture Show: The Paintings of Davis Cone," American Film, July/August 1988, pp. 26-31.
Wepman, Dennis. "New York Reviews," SunStorm, December 1988, p. 35.
Leigh, Bobbi. “Alternate Realities: Photorealist Painters Transcend Photographic Images to Create Personal Visions,” Art & Antiques, Volume XXVI, No. 7, Summer 2003, pp. 66-71.

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