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Ronald Davis: Paramount Opticality

May 4, 2016

Lot 59, Ronald Davis, Panel-Clamp (PTG 0312) (1971)

Ronald Davis’s geometric abstractions were regarded as revolutionary when first exhibited in the mid-1960s. Employing polyester resin paint and fiberglass to produce impressive spatial illusions, Davis’s work has drawn comparisons to the perspective studies of the artists of the Renaissance. But Davis’s eager embrace of new materials and technologies is characteristic of his own period and context. “Illusion is my vehicle,” Davis once wrote. “Opticality is paramount.”

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