Richard Pousette-Dart (1916–92), working in New York in the 1940s, created beautiful, layered paintings as well as experimenting with drawing, photography and sculpture.
Playing a key role in the genesis of Abstract Expressionism and the New York School, which transformed American art in the post-war years, Pousette-Dart ’s contemporaries included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Willem de Kooning. Jim Ede, creator of Kettle’s Yard, first met Pousette-Dart in New York in 1940, and research into their transatlantic correspondence over subsequent decades has served as the catalyst for this exhibition.
The first-ever solo show of Pousette-Dart's work to be staged in the UK, the exhibition will include early sculptures and works on paper from the late 1930s onwards, as well as large scale paintings from 1940-51. The majority of works on display have been borrowed from US museums and collections, and have not previously been seen in the UK.
Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings is accompanied by a publication reflecting new research into the life and work of Richard Pousette-Dart and his significant contribution to American art in the 20th century.
For more information and updates on the exhibition, visit Kettle's Yard's website.
Richard Poussette-Dart will open to the public at Pace, 6 Burlington Gardens, London on 23rd January 2019.