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Space Rhythm, 1978
22-1/2 × 30-1/2 inches
Black and White Landscape, 1979
22-1/2 × 31-1/4 inches
Untitled (cat. 22, 78RP-01), 1977
22-1/2 × 30 inches
Red Sybil, 1980
22-3/8 × 28-3/4 × 5/8 inches
Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of works on paper by the Abstract Expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992) from November 2-December 23, 2006. The exhibition is in conjunction with Transparent Reflections: Richard Pousette-Dart, Works on Paper, 1940-1992, an exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor (October 14, 2006-January 14, 2007). The youngest member of the New York School of the 1950's, Pousette-Dart's work of unfailing quality explored spirituality and the role of the unconscious through a largely intuitive and experimental approach to art-making. The drawings allow a more intimate experience than his large-scale works and include hand-colored etchings, pencil, and acrylic on paper.
Richard Pousette-Dart was a founding member of the Abstract Expressionist artists, which included Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Perhaps lesser known due to his introspective nature, he was the first of the group to work in a monumental size in 1942 with his painting of nearly eight feet high and ten feet wide titled, Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental. The artist's creativity manifested itself in many different media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and writing, and he drew inspiration from Native American, African, and Oceanic art, as well as European artistic trends like Surrealism, and the writings of Freud and Jung.
His career began with a solo exhibition at the Artist's Gallery, New York in 1941 and he subsequently showed with legendary dealers Marian Willard, Peggy Guggenheim and Betty Parsons. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1951), a Ford Foundation Grant (1959), and an Individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (1967). Bard College awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1965, and in 1981 the Tiffany Foundation granted him the Distinguished Lifetime in Art Award. In addition to teaching at Bard College, where he was the Milton Avery Distinguished Professor of Arts in 1983, Pousette-Dart taught at The New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence, and the School for Visual Arts. Richard Pousette-Dart continued to work until his death in 1992.
The work of Richard Pousette-Dart appears in numerous public collections, including: Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. This is the second exhibition of Pousette-Dart's work at Brian Gross Fine Art.