Influenced by the Cubist language of flat, overlapping planes and wedges, Stuart Davis (1892 – 1964) used geometric shapes in related colors to create this still life, Percolator (1927). Here, he deconstructs the cylindrical forms of a mass-produced, percolator coffeepot and renders the everyday object both abstract and undefinable. By choosing an industrially produced consumer product as his subject, Davis put a new spin on the spatial innovations of the previous decade’s European avant-garde art movements.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
On the way to Jonathan Levine Gallery for this past Saturday’s opening reception, I walked by Elizabeth Dee Gallery and was drawn inside by this stunning creation, which is called Coffee Table Museum, and was created by artist Joel Otterson in 1989. The mixed media installation / sculptures includes a natural wood plank coffee table adorned with perhaps a dozen coffee pots and coffee makers plus cups and what you might call coffee service accessories.
Here is the installation from another angle. I am just in love with this thing.
Note: the Pink Drip Coffee Maker.
Elizabeth Dee Gallery is Located at 545 West 20th Street, Just East of 11th Avenue, in the Chelsea Gallery District. (Note: The Gallery Has Moved from this Location as of 2018)