Wednesday, January 26

gene davis & big stripes

franklins footpath

Gene Davis worked as a sports reporter and political journalist before he started painting at age 29. He went on to help legitimize the Washington Color School as a regional art movement, and become faculty at the Corcoran School of Art.

In 1972 Franklin's Footpath was the world's largest painting, created by painting stripes on the street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Apparently you can see the remains of a similar work done in Davis' style on 8th Street Northwest in Washington but I never caught sight of it.

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9 comments:

teamBoo said...

i love the simplicity and sweetness of your posts. (Just found you through abby @delighted)

the world really should have more color don't you think?

Bianca said...

every road should look like this.

eNVe said...

amazing! I have a fondness in my heart for philly and the art museum because that's where my husband and I met. :) Those images bring to life what that place "feels" like to me in my mind. thanks for sharing!

Kimia Kline said...

i love this!

Jake at Big Picture Framing said...

We agree with Bianca - stripes on roads might cause more traffic jams, but at least people would feel better about it in the meantime.

Isadora said...

Hi, do you know which kind of ink or tint was used to do this work?

Tks

Annick Gaudreault said...

Street art is the best! Love it!

Mrs D said...

Totally adore this!

Tan said...

How incredible! This could be the start of a new and wonderful (and not at all illegal....) guerilla art movement