The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, August 18, 2019

First exhibition of work by Richard Pousette-Dart at Pace Gallery opens in New York
Installation view. © 2014 Pace Gallery, All Rights Reserved.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery is presenting its first exhibition of work by Richard Pousette-Dart. The exhibition features twelve paintings and ten works on paper examining the artist’s use of geometric imagery from the late 1960s through the mid-1980s. To accompany the exhibition, Pace has published a catalogue featuring a new essay by critic Alex Bacon, quotations from the artist’s notebooks and excerpts of scholarly texts by Robert Hobbs, Sam Hunter, Carter Ratcliff, Barbara Rose, Philip Rylands, Martica Sawin, Lowery Stokes Sims and Robert Storr. The exhibition is on view at 510 West 25th Street from November 7, 2014 through January 10, 2015.

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916–1992) was a leading voice in the New York School and the youngest figure in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists. He is one of few artists to have had solo exhibitions organized by four of Manhattan’s premier art museums: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art all presented posthumous surveys of his work, while the Whitney also presented two exhibitions of his work during his life, and The Museum of Modern Art organized a touring exhibition of his work in 1969. Pousette-Dart was included in the iconic 1951 photograph The Irascibles for Life Magazine, which has served as a historic record of the New York School’s members. He also won the attention of fellow artists such as Jackson Pollock, who remarked in 1946 that Pousette-Dart was “doing interesting stuff.”

Pousette-Dart survived most of his Abstract Expressionist peers by almost two decades. His longevity provided him the time and space to expand upon his earlier work, developing a personal language rooted in his spiritual beliefs. The exhibition focuses on this period of Pousette-Dart’s work and attests to his lifelong and unflinching belief in art as a vital force of life. He wrote of his art as “a quest for reality; not the obvious surface reality of outer forms but the related continuing realities of all the sights and sounds, sensations, dreams, memories…the intuitive visions that are part of the daily life of all of us.”

The exhibition focuses on Pousette-Dart’s use of geometric imagery, in particular the rectangle and the circle, which he believed to be universal symbols of cosmic forces. Pousette-Dart applied his paint in impasto points, creating thick layers over several applications. This technique rendered his forms with a “dynamic edge of creation” or “trembling edge of awareness.” “In Pousette-Dart’s mind the edge is more than the formal fact of the separation between forms within a painting,” wrote Lowery Stokes Sims. “It is a metaphor for the boundaries, the fragile point of balance, between opposites, which are mutable and in constant flux.”

The constellation of gestures in Pousette-Dart’s paintings—what he called presences—generated what he viewed as the works’ transcendental potential. “Art reveals the significant life, beauty of all forms—it uplifts, transforms it into the exalted realm of reality wherein its pure contemplative poetic being takes place—wherein art’s transcendental language of form, spirit, harmony means one universal eternal presence,” he wrote.

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916–1992) was born in St. Paul, MN, and grew up in Westchester County, NY. He lived in Manhattan during the 1930s and 1940s, but left for the countryside in 1951, residing in Suffern, NY from 1958 until his death. Pousette-Dart briefly attended Bard College, but left after one year, never completing any formal training, though he was raised in an aesthetically and intellectually ambitious household where his parents, a painter and a musician, encouraged his artistic pursuits. He taught at several universities in and near New York City, including Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, where he mentored many students. In his lifetime his work was exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s annual exhibition seventeen times, the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual exhibition five times and the Carnegie International twice. Other important group exhibitions include Abstract Expressionist New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010–2011); Documenta II (1959); Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1951); and the Venice Biennale (1948, 1982).

Since the 1960s Pousette-Dart has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1997-98); Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany (2013); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2001); The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2010); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1963, 1974, 1998). The Indianapolis Museum of Art organized a retrospective of his work that traveled from 1990 to 1992, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, presented an exhibition in 2007 that traveled to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland.

Numerous international collections hold the artist’s work, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Detroit Institute of Arts; de Young Museum, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

This is his first exhibition at Pace.

Today's News

December 12, 2014

artnet Auctions offers an impressive selection of work by respected Contemporary artists

Marble head, believed to be of French queen, sold for 1.15 million euros at Piasa auction house

The Bacchic Figure Supporting the Globe by Adrien de Vries realizes $27.9 million

Apple computer sold by Steve Jobs fetches $365,000 at Christie's New York auction

Exhibition at The Soulages Museum pays homage to the great printmaker Aldo Crommelynck

First exhibition of work by Richard Pousette-Dart at Pace Gallery opens in New York

Gilles Ziller and André Juillard display their creations from unforgettable pictures of Blake and Mortimer

'Greece of Origins: Between Dream and Archaeology' on view at the Musée d'Archéologie nationale

Exhibition at Andrea Rosen Gallery presents group of 20th-century masterworks

Hollywood glamour comes to Australia's Museum of Brisbane in lavish world-first exhibition

Brooklyn Museum presents 'Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time', featuring a site-specific installation

Condé Nast fashion photography exhibition 'visually stunning and historically important'

Malala weeps at sight of bloodied school uniform at the Nobel Peace Center

Cristina Fiorenza's latest body of work on view at Gallery Molly Krom

Exhibition at Lookout Gallery features the most recent works by a Russian photographer Jana Romanova

The Ashmolean launches a special online exhibition marking Remembrance Day 2014

German artist Peter Piller opens exhibition at Fotomuseum Winterthur

First comprehensive retrospective of Lynn Hershman;s work opens at ZKM

First New York solo show for Kenny Rivero opens at Shin Gallery

Yang Fudong's first major solo exhibition in Southeast Asia opens at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art

New works by Japanese artist Taku Obata on view at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Exhibition chronicles the legacy of artists who address tensions between freedom and control

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi exhibits at Ikon

Esterio Segura's first U.S. museum exhibition on view at the Museum of Latin American Art

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful