Noah Davis, Los Angeles, 2009. Photo by Patrick O’Brien-Smith
David Zwirner is pleased to present work by American artist Noah Davis (1983–2015), organized by Helen Molesworth. On view at the gallery’s 525 and 533 West 19th Street locations in New York, the exhibition will provide an overview of Davis’s brief but expansive career.
Davis’s body of work encompasses, on the one hand, his lush, sensual, figurative paintings and, on the other, an ambitious institutional project called The Underground Museum, a black-owned-and-operated art space dedicated to the exhibition of museum-quality art in a culturally underserved African American and Latinx neighborhood in Los Angeles. The works on view will highlight both parts of Davis’s oeuvre, featuring more than twenty of his most enduring paintings, as well as models of previous exhibitions curated by Davis at The Underground Museum. The exhibition also includes a “back room,” modeled on the working offices at The Underground Museum, featuring more paintings by Davis, as well as BLKNWS by Davis’s brother Kahlil Joseph; a sculpture by Karon Davis, the artist’s widow; and Shelby George furniture, designed by Davis’s mother Faith Childs-Davis.
Image above: Noah Davis, Untitled, 2015 (detail). © The Estate of Noah Davis. Courtesy The Estate of Noah Davis
Images below, in order of appearance: Noah Davis, Los Angeles, 2009 (detail). Photo by Patrick O’Brien-Smith; Noah Davis, David Hammons, Ian White, Henry Taylor, and Kahlil Joseph, Underground Museum, 2015; Noah Davis and Moses Davis, Los Angeles, c. 2010-11 (detail). Photo by Karon Davis