Swing Landscape: Stuart Davis and the Modernist Mural


Swing Landscape: Stuart Davis and the Modernist Mural

In 1936 the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project commissioned Stuart Davis (1892–1964) to paint a mural for the Williamsburg Houses, a New York City housing project. Though the mural, Swing Landscape, was never installed in its intended location, it survives as an impressive testament to Davis’s energetic, colorful brand of abstraction and the progressive politics that animated it. This study explores the painting, one of the greatest of twentieth-century America and arguably Davis’s most ambitious work.


-164 pages, 11 x 9 1/2 x 3/4 in.

-78 color + 63 b/w illustrations

- 2020

SKU: 63808

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