The Haunting and Evocative Paintings of Noah Davis

Noah Davis, 1975 (8), 2013. © Estate of Noah Davis. Image courtesy Estate of Noah Davis.

Scholar Aruna D’Souza writes for 4Columns about the life and artwork of Noah Davis, focusing on his role as co-founder of Los Angeles' Underground Museum and his recent show at David Zwirner. D'Souza delves into Davis' atmospheric paintings, drawing connections between the Underground Museum's mission and the late painter's affirmation of Black subjectivity.

"Though distinct from the Underground Museum, Davis’s poetic, atmospheric paintings share with that project an abiding museological impulse in their desire to engage the history of art to tell resonant stories about Black subjects."