London—Pace Gallery is honoured to present the first exhibition of works by Richard Pousette-Dart in London. Organized with the Pousette-Dart Estate, Richard Pousette-Dart: Works 1940-1992 will be on view from 18 January 2019 to 20 February 2019. Pace’s exhibition in London follows Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings, at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge which is on view until 6 January 2019. Pace’s exhibition will reveal a selection of never seen works on paper from the 1940s.
Richard Pousette-Dart was the youngest member of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists; the artist, along with several of his important contemporaries, took part in the formative meeting of Studio 35 and is included in the iconic Irascibles photograph. In 1951, Pousette-Dart moved with his young family to Rockland County where a small artistic community had formed. This meant that although he was an influential member of the New York school his remove allowed him to continue to develop and maintain a unique methodology and style. The artist’s relative longevity provided him the time to expand upon his earlier work, developing a mature body of work rooted in his mysticism, symbolism, and spiritual beliefs. As Philip Rylands, Director Emeritus of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection states, in the catalogue which will accompany the exhibition, “He engaged with one of the highest aspirations of the twentieth-century avant-garde: to paint a dimension inaccessible to photography. Others painted the fourth dimension, states of mind, consciousness per se, swift motion, or the passing of time, but Pousette-Dart painted the world of the spirit.”
The exhibition will span Pousette-Dart’s career, featuring a selection of fourteen paintings dating from 1943 to 1992, as well as works on paper from the 1940s exhibited for the first time. The works on view illuminate the artist’s development from his early work through his later presences paintings.
Pousette-Dart’s paintings display his painterly gifts in a wide range of techniques using brush, palette knife and paint squeezed directly from the tube. The uniqueness of each work illustrates the painter’s claim that, “every painting is a new experience and departure into the unknown.”
From the 1960s on, Pousette-Dart began creating paintings with “points” of paint rather than gestural lines and strokes. Some canvases are built up with heavy impasto and display a strong physicality, while other paintings are more thinly layered and more focused on colour and light. Later works such as Presence, Blue Amaranth and Imploding Black appear at first glance to be monochromatic visual fields, however, wide spectrums of colour emerge subtly through the points of white.
The constellation of gestures in Pousette-Dart’s paintings produced what he viewed as the works’ potential for transcendence. He wrote, “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.”
1月18日星期五下午5:30，圍繞即將舉辦的展覽《理查德·普賽特-達特：1940-1992年》，於倫敦伯林頓花園路6號將展開一場專題討論會。 討論會嘉賓有：畫家藝術研究院夏季展覽總監以及當代藝術策展人，伊迪絲·德瓦尼；理查德·普賽特-達特基金會執行主席，查爾斯·鄧肯；劍橋大學茶壺院藝術畫廊收藏與項目總監，珍妮佛·鮑威爾博士；以及古根海姆收藏館與古根海姆基金會榮譽主席，菲利浦·瑞蘭茲。 是次展覽為於伯林頓花園路6號第一次展出理查德·普賽特-達特的作品，將由2019年1月18日開始持續至2月20日，與普賽特-達特遺產管理委員會聯合舉辦，緊隨最近於劍橋大學茶壺院藝術畫廊舉辦的《普賽特-達特：初始》展開。
2019. Pace Gallery. Paperback
70 pages: 41 color illustrations; 10 ½ inches x 9 ½ inches
Richard Pousette-Dart's talk
18 January 2019