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Richard Pousette-Dart 'Paintings and drawings from the 30ies and 40ies    Sep 10 - Nov 2, 2004

The Dance of Agony
Richard Pousette-Dart
The Dance of Agony, 1930-1939
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American Contemporary Art Gallery shows a selection of 10 oilpaintings and works on paper of the American artist Richard Pousette-Dart (born 1916 in Saint-Paul, Minnesota, USA, died 1992 in New York, USA) from the 1930s and 1940s - selected by Evelyn Pousette-Dart.

In the 1930s he begins creating sculptures and writing notebooks with poems, notes, drawings and little oilpaintings. Already during this time Pousette-Dart is very influenced by Eastern philisophy, religion and tribal art, which the beholder can see in his works with archaic forms and primary opaque colours, but also interpreting cubistic art. In the beginning of the 1940s the artist is one of the founders of the "New York School", a group of artists working abstract. This him 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 and also using allegories and metapers and a selection of colorfulness.

With this exhibition the Gallery intends to give the artpublic an overview about the far-reaching artistic development of this famous artist.

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