American Contemporary Art Gallery

Richard Pousette-Dart 'A New Selection from the Estate'

Richard Pousette-Dart 'A New Selection from the Estate'

Friday, September 14, 2001Friday, November 30, 2001

1916 born in Saint-Paul, Minnesota, USA. - 1992 died in New York, New York, USA.

At the end of studying art Richard Pousette-Dart begins creating sculptures and writing notebooks with poems, notes, drawings and little oil paintings. He is very influenced by eastern philosophy, religions and archaic forms.

In the beginning of the 1940s the artist is one of the founders of the ,,New York School", a group of artists working abstract and which he describes as unindependant from each other. For him this art movement means a possibility to move away from reality and to integrate transcendentalism and mysticism in his work. His intention is to transform the energy from the universe to the surface of the canvas, sometimes with surrealistic techniques. In this time Pousette-Dart is also using allegories, metaphers and symbols reflecting his distaste against the war.

In the 1950s the artist develops many paintings in ,,white" with biomorphical forms and calligraphical fields. In the beginning of 1960 he specializes in strong colors and in the 70s and 80s he experiments with various thickness of the coloration and different dominant geometric forms.