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Attentive followers of jazz master Miles Davis will know that his visual art appeared on an album cover now and then when album covers mattered. But few are aware of the extent of Davis’ commitment to sketching and painting. Beginning in 1980, when he was 54, until his death in 1991, Davis made art as much a part of his life as music, bringing to it the same inner-directed quest for fresh expression. Not that one can’t detect elements of inspiration in this gorgeous volume of sharp and saturated colorplates, namely Davis’ responses to Kandinsky, Basquiat, Picasso, and African tribal art. His subjects include highly stylized and powerful female figures, funky characters he called his “robots,” and totempole faces. A bold and skilled colorist, Davis kept everything in motion in his vibrant, dynamic, lushly textured compositions. Reflections by Davis’ nephew and band member Vince Wilburn Jr. and two of Davis’ children and a 1991 interview with music and art writer Scott Gutterman round out this exhilarating volume of dazzling and affecting testimony to Davis’ many-faceted creativity. --Donna Seaman

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“…this is indeed a wonderful collection, with excellent production standards.” —All About Jazz

“In his last decade, the trumpeter studied painting and grew obsessed with it. Many of his canvases are reproduced in this lavish book: vibrantly colored, at times echoing Picasso and African art.”—San Jose Mercury News

“Would you look twice if these works weren’t by Miles? Yes, you would. So put on some Miles music and settle in for a gallery tour. Images selected from the gorgeously produced Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork.”—The Daily Beast
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608872238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608872237
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 11.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I've been painting and sketching all my life. Also, for my tailor I used to draw my suits, 'cause he couldn't speak English." Miles Davis.

This is a beautiful (and large--approximately 12" X 12" book) look at the artwork of Miles Davis. Davis began sketching and then painting in earnest as another outlet for his creativity. The book covers the (approximately) ten years before his death when his artwork grew to a more mature style and a near obsession to keep his restless mind active. Also included are a number of quotes (in paragraph form) by Davis on his art.

"It's like therapy for me, and keeps my mind occupied with something positive when I'm not playing music." Miles Davis.

In Davis' work you'll see long, flowing abstract shapes incorporating the female form, his own very organic approach to portraiture, a more straight-lined approach to the human form (Davis' "robots"), a Kadinsky-like style, forms reminiscent of Picasso, bold geometric shapes and lines, and eventually, an incorporation of burlap, nails, rope, and other materials into his paintings. And all through his work Davis' use of bright, bold colors with an African tribal influence or heavy geometric shapes can be seen.

Throughout this book you can see Davis' style mature from his sensual female forms, more robotic forms, and into a more geometric abstract style. And all with his use of bold lines and colors. Davis' earlier work is lighter in form and is in juxtaposition to his heavier, (sometimes) darker feeling geometric shapes. But even the heavier pieces have his usual bright colors that liven up his geometric work.
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By Don Hall on January 22, 2016
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Thoroughly enjoy this other expression from his later career.
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Nice goods.
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Fascinating
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