Ronald Davis
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Catalog Essays - One Man Shows

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Articles and Reviews

Text versions of catalog essays from one-man exhibitions of Ronald Davis' work. Scans of the original Ronald Davis one-man exhibitions catalogs posted here online. Selected articles, collected from various catalogs, magazines, and newspapers.
Ronald Davis Is Not Doing What You're Seeing
Untitled.Art Fair, Miami Basel
Essay by Dave Hickey
Essay by

Ronald Davis: Forty Years of Abstraction – 1963-2002
Butler Institute of American Art
Oct. 6 – Nov. 17, 2002

• Forword,
by Lou Zona
• Ronald Davis: The Essence of Abstractionby Ronnie Landfield.
• A Painting’s Just Gotta Look Better Than the Wallpaper,
by Ronald Davis.
• When the illusion is lost, the art is hard to find . . .
by Ronald Davis.

Ronald Davis: Recent Abstractions 2001–2002
Denver University Art Gallery
Sept. 13 thru Nov. 12, 2002

• Recent Abstractions 2001-2002,
by Gwen Chanzit.

Ronald Davis: The Dodecagons: 1968-69
BlumHelman Los Angeles, LA
15 September through12 October 1989

• Ronald Davis – Objects and Illusions
by Barbara Rose.

Finity/Infinity
New York Academy of Science, NYC
Sept. 23 – Dec. 5, 1986

• A Reflection on the Art of Ronald Davis
by Hans Christian von Baeyer

Ronald Davis Paintings
University Gallery, San Diego State, CA
February 1 thru March 2, 1980

• Making a Space, A Form, A World – The Paintings of Ronald Davis
by Susan C. Larson
• Ron Davis ‘Floater’ Paintings
by Susan C. Larson

Ronald Davis Paintings 1962–1976
The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
July 13 thru September 5, 1980

Ronald Davis Paintings 1962–1976
Catalog essay by Charles Kessler
• The Technique of Ronald Davis' Plastic Paintings
Appendix essay by Ben B. Johnson

• Ronald Davis: Forty years of Abstraction – 1963-2002
Butler Institute of American Art
Oct. 6 – Nov. 17, 2002
Catalogue of the forty painting retrospective at the Butler Institute of American Art.
Contains the essay:
Ronald Davis: The Essence of Abstraction,
by Ronnie Landfield
Two statements by the artist
Forward by Dr. Lou Zona
Many images.

Download a .PDF version of the catalog.

Scultpure from the Early 1990s

 

• Finity/Infinity
New York Academy of Science, NYC
Sept. 23 – Dec. 5, 1986
Catalogue for the exhibition at the New York Academy of Science.
Essay by theoretical physicist Hans Christian von Baeyer.

• Ronald Davis Paintings 1962-1976
The Oakland Museum
July 13 – Sept. 5, 1976
Catalog for the twenty-five painting survey retrospective at the Oakland Museum in 1976.
Essay by Charles Kessler

• Ron Davis: Eight Paintings
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery
Sept. 12 – Oct. 19, 1969
Catalog for the eight (early) painting exhibition at the University of Saskatchewan in 1969.
Essay by Terry Fenton.


NEW: Artist Profile
Master of Illusion

Ronald Davis bends time, space, and form
• TREND Magazine, Summer 2012
Article by Ric Lum
Photos by Lee Clockman
3D/CG Ronald Davis
Three Dimensional Computer Graphics: 2004–07
Eight Modern, Taos, NM
• THE Magazine
Review by Richard Tobin

--> Seminal Article
Ronald Davis: The Slab Series: 1966

Tibor de Nagy, NYC
Oct. 6 – October, 1966
• ARTFORUM Cover Article, 1966
• "Ronald Davis: Surface and Illusion"

by Michael Fried

Frederick R. Weisman Foundation
10th anniversary Exhibition,
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
• Ronald Davis: White Lid, 1969

Ronald Davis: Seven Part Arch, 1969
San Jose Museum's 35th anniversary Exhibition
• Catalog essay: Seven-Part Arch, 1977

Ronald Davis: Selected Paintings: 1974-2004
Dionisi Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
Dec. 10, 2004 – Feb. 27, 2005
• ARTNews Review
Review by Peter Frank

Ronald Davis - The Music Series 1983-1985
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Dec. 10, 2004 – Feb. 27, 2005
• Splatterings, Spills are Unconscious Movements of Finely Honed, Higher Intelligence
Review by Tom Collins
• Magnetic North, Far From the Buzz
by Elizabeth Cook-Romero

Ronald Davis: Recent Abstractions 2001–2002
Denver University Art Galley
Sept. 13 thru Nov. 12, 2002
• Artist Davis back from ‘exile’ with a celebration of shape
Review by Mary Voelz Chandler
• Painter Ronald Davis returns from obscurity
Review by Kyle MacMillian
• ARTBEAT
by Michael Paglia

Ronald Davis - Hinge Series 2002
Bareiss Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
August 3 – Sept. 17, 2002
• Ron Davis: New Work
Article by Rick Romancito
Escaping the Canvas
by Tom Collins

Ronald Davis - Wax Series: 1995-96
Jaquelin Loyd Gallery, Rancho de Taos, New Mexico
August 3 – Sept. 17, 2002
• Wax Series
Review by Christine Hemp
• Abstract illusionism and the mind of Ron Davis
Review by Joanne Froman

Ron Davis' Illusionism
Online article by the Professor of Psychology
An online Note on Ron Davis' Illusionism, 1997
Notes by Benjamin Backus
Art Inc.: American Paintings From Corporate Collections
Essay

ART – PAINTING
Time Magazine Article
June 28, 1968
• A Bird's & Worm's Eye View

 

Artist's Statements

Bibliography

Just a few words by and from the artist. Listing of published words.

Ronald Davis: Forty Years of Abstraction – 1963-2002
Butler Institute of American Art
Oct. 6 – Nov. 17, 2002

  • A Painting’s Just Gotta Look Better Than the Wallpaper

  • When the illusion is lost, the art is hard to find . . .

  • "Path to the Dodecagons," 1976

• Sedona Show Statement, 1987

How do you Make Them?, 1976

  • "Sometimes I fall into a crack," 1964

 

Ronald Davis: Selected Bibliography – 1964-2007