June 27, 2006 - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Richard Pousette-Dart, Works on Paper
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June 27, 2006

Richard Pousette-Dart, Works on Paper

Richard Pousette-Dart, Moon Meditation, 1960s, oil on paper, 11 x 11 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of the Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart, © Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart, photo by Jim Strong, Inc.

Transparent Reflections:
Richard Pousette-Dart, Works on Paper, 1940-1992

June 29-September 17, 2006

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles CA, 90036.

For more information about LACMA and its programming, log on to

www.lacma.org

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Transparent Reflections: Richard Pousette-Dart, Works on Paper, 19401992, the first West Coast museum retrospective of works on paper by American artist Richard Pousette-Dart (19161992). Co-organized by LACMA, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), and the Cincinnati Art Museum, the exhibition includes over fifty works on paper, representing the full range of Pousette-Darts career from the 1940s to the 1990s.

A first generation abstract expressionist and founding member of what is known as the New York School, Pousette-Dart was the youngest of this loosely-knit group that included modern art titans, such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning. Influenced by Eastern philosophy and American transcendental thought, Pousette-Dart never separated his art from his deeply felt sense of the spiritual.

Painter, sculptor, photographer, and prolific draftsman, Pousette-Dart created works on paper throughout his life in diverse media, including watercolor, ink, oil, acrylic, and graphiteworks that were daring experimentations and ones he considered to be complete and independent works of art. Transparent Reflections: Richard Pousette-Dart, Works on Paper, 19401992 features a small, but comprehensive, selection of his finest drawings, paintings on paper, and painted prints that examine the important role the medium played in his lifes work.

Pousette-Darts works from the 1940s and 1950s, such as Blue Transition (194243) and Golden Eye (194546), are characterized by a dense assortment of concentric circles, eye and egg shapes, squiggles and crescents, and constellations in a palette of rich colors, often bound by an underlying, organizing grid. While the organic forms are reminiscent of totemic Pacific Northwest, Oceanic, and African art and demonstrate the influence of Surrealism, the grid references mid-twentieth century developments in abstractionin particular, the decentralized, all-over picture plane with no firm point of focus. By the late 1950s, the grid disappears and Pousette-Dart begins to apply paint in dots, often directly from the tube, in a manner reminiscent of French artist Georges Seurats pointillist technique. By the 1960s, Pousette-Darts compositions become simpler, with an emphasis on fundamental shapes, like the circle, that evoke the sun, moon, and cosmic realms. Moon Meditation (1960s), for example, features a single sphere, meticulously constructed with thousands of painted dots. The following decade, he continued to use the circular focal point, though limiting his color range. In Implosion (1978), graphite lines on white paint dynamically converge on a central void. Finally, in the 1980s and 1990s, the renewal of forms and compositions from his earlier work becomes essential to his artistic development. Created in 1992, the year of his death, Bird in Spring presents the quintessential theme of renewal and regeneration with vivid colors and lively daubs of paint, reaffirming the artists mantra-like declaration that art is affirmation of life. It is Presence. It is Transcendental Being.

The exhibition features five recently acquired works on paper by Pousette-Dart, including Chromatic Dream (1940s), Jane (1950s), Moon Meditation (1960s), Untitled (1976) and A Separate Force (1980s). These pieces by Pousette-Dart join two already existing works, plus one promised gift, in LACMAs permanent collection, according the artist a significant presence in the museums holdings.
Transparent Reflections: Richard Pousette-Dart, Works on Paper, 19401992 is curated by Robert Flynn Johnson, FAMSF curator. LACMAs presentation is coordinated by Leslie Jones, associate curator of Prints and Drawings.
Also on view at LACMA: David Hockney Portraits
June 11September 4

Since creating his first portraits at sixteen, celebrated artist David Hockney has embraced, invigorated, and often challenged traditional portraiture. This exhibition, which chronicles his portraits over a forty-year span, reflects his most intimate and intense relationships with friends, family, and loversmany of whom were L.A.s most famous…and infamous. Dont miss your chance to experience this fascinating exhibition.
Credit
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Cincinnati Art Museum.
About LACMA: In April 2006, Michael Govan became CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He is the seventh person to hold the position of Director in the museums 41-year history. Established as an independent institution in 1965, LACMA has assembled a permanent collection that includes approximately 100,000 works of art spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present, making it the premier encyclopedic visual arts museum in the western United States. Located in the heart of one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, the museum uses its collection and resources to provide a variety of educational and cultural experiences for the people who live in, work in, and visit Los Angeles. LACMA offers an outstanding schedule of special exhibitions, as well as lectures, classes, family activities, film programs and world-class musical events.

LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA, 90036. For more information about LACMA and its programming, log on to www.lacma.org

General LACMA Admission: Discounted admission for students 18 with ID and senior citizens 62. Admission (except to specially ticketed exhibitions) is free every evening after 5 pm, the second Tuesday of every month, and for children 17 and under.
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