In our ongoing attempt to swing violently and unpredictably from low culture to high culture, let’s take a moment to appreciate the brash, breath-taking genius of Stuart Davis. Wouldn’t it have been amazing to live through that epic confluence of art, jazz, and literature that was New York City in the 1950s?

"The Mellow Pad," by Stuart Davis. b. 1892. d. 1964

From the Wall Street Journal:

A cheerful medley of shapes in bright pinks, blues, yellows, greens, black and white, “The Mellow Pad” is Stuart Davis’s evocation of, and homage to, the hip life spawned by the Jazz Age. He wanted this kaleidoscopic picture, which hangs in the Brooklyn Museum, to convey a feeling, rather than depict an actual, physical place