Richard Pousette-Dart, Space Continuum, Part II, 1989

Richard Pousette-Dart

Apr 9 – May 13, 2022
Palm Beach
Exhibition Details:

Richard Pousette-Dart
Apr 9 – May 13, 2022


The Royal Poinciana Plaza
340 Royal Poinciana Way
Suite M333
Palm Beach


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Above: Richard Pousette-Dart, Space Continuum, Part II, 1989 © 2022 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pace is pleased to present a focused selection of paintings and works on paper by Richard Pousette-Dart. The exhibition brings together harmonious, elegantly resolved works produced in the later years of the artist’s life.

This will be the last major solo show of the season at Pace’s Palm Beach space.

Pousette-Dart is widely known as a first-generation Abstract Expressionist painter, but his achievement can also be understood beyond the confines of that movement. His practice, which spanned painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, often explored the spiritual and transcendental possibilities of art making. Deeply interested in elemental forms, qualities of light, and abstract beauty revealed within nature, the artist strove toward an enlightened, improvisational mode of creating throughout his career.

The paintings and works on paper in the gallery’s show use layered, painterly strokes to create meditative, yet assertive, compositions focused on color and light. Characterized by all-over fields of individual marks that coalesce into balanced, energetic paintings, the vibrant works in Pace’s Palm Beach exhibition exemplify the style Pousette-Dart began cultivating in the 1960s.

Curator and art historian Lowery Stokes Sims, who organized the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York’s 1997 Pousette-Dart exhibition, wrote of the artist’s mid and late career works, “…the linear quality of the earlier work gave way to vibrating optical effects achieved by the juxtaposition of individual daubs of color. Rather than a line delineating contours, it is the visual mediation of individual chromatic incidents congealing in our vision that is described by what the artist called edges ‘of feeling/the living edge of form/created living form.’”

Pousette-Dart’s work can be found locally in the collections of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale. He is also represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Albertina Museum, Vienna; and many other international institutions.


Featured Works

Richard Pousette-Dart, Space Continuum, Part II, 1989, oil on linen, 72" × 72" (182.9 cm × 182.9 cm)
Richard Pousette-Dart, Flowers Not Before While Tossing, 1990, acrylic on linen, 72" × 72" (182.9 cm × 182.9 cm)
Richard Pousette-Dart, Light Beyond Flowers, 1990-91, acrylic on linen, 72" × 72" (182.9 cm × 182.9 cm)
Richard Pousette-Dart, White Celestial (Garden Mist), 1978, titanium white and colored pencil on paper, 22-1/2" × 29-3/4" (57.2 cm × 75.6 cm) 31-1/4" × 38-7/8" × 1-5/8" (79.4 cm × 98.7 cm × 4.1 cm) framed
Richard Pousette-Dart, Yellow Garden II, 1980, gouache and acrylic wash, 22-3/8" × 29-3/4" (56.8 cm × 75.6 cm)

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About the Artist

Richard Pousette-Dart was the youngest artist of the New York School’s first generation of Abstract Expressionists. He is recognized for his painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, which are unified by his expressive use of gesture, form, and color. Never embracing action painting and instead pursuing his own aesthetic, Pousette-Dart sought universal significance in his art, expressed through nonobjective means.

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