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23 October 2018 – 6 January 2019
Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992). Within the Room, (1942). Oil on canvas and wood, 36 × 60in. (91.4 × 152.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 50th Anniversary gift of the artist 2014.99′
Richard Pousette-Dart, Four brass rings and one jade ring, c. 1940-1951, brass and jade, [L to R] 65 x 65 x 50 mm, 57 x 57 x 57 mm, 64 x 64 x 80 mm, 74 x 74 x 50 mm, 58 x 58 x 50 mm, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge.
Richard Pousette-Dart, 'Self-portrait', c. 1940, courtesy of The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation
Richard Pousette-Dart, ‘Self-portrait’, c. 1940, courtesy of The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation, © The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate

A Young Abstract Expressionist in New York

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. Research exploring their transatlantic correspondence over subsequent decades has been a catalyst for this first solo exhibition of the work of Pousette-Dart in the UK. The majority of works on display have been borrowed from US museums and collections, and have not previously been seen in this country.

‘With their bold colors, encrusted surfaces and luminous orbs, his paintings don’t so much hang on the wall as float in front of it.’ Roberta Smith, New York Times, 2007

The exhibition 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.

There is an extensive programme of events at Kettle’s Yard related to the exhibition. See the full programme and book tickets on our What’s On page now.

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About Richard Pousette-Dart

Pousette-Dart was born in Minnesota in 1916. The son of a painter and a poet and musician, he was largely self-taught.

Pousette-Dart worked in New York in the 1940s where he created colourful, layered paintings as well as experimenting with photography and sculpture.

A key figure of Abstract Expressionism, which transformed American art in the post-war years, Pousette-Dart’s contemporaries included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Willem de Kooning.

During the 1940s he became associated with Abstract Expressionism. He worked with sculpture, painting and photography. He later taught at a number of universities and his students included Christopher Wool (born 1955) and Ai Weiwei (born 1957).

Find out more about the Pousette-Dart artworks in our collection, here.

Conference: Reassessing Sculpture In and Beyond Abstract Expressionism, 14 November 2018

This November, join us for a conference exploring the relationship between Abstract Expressionism and sculpture.

On the occasion of the first exhibition of the American artist Richard Pousette-Dart’s work in the UK, Kettle’s Yard is organising a conference that will explore the relationship between Abstract Expressionism and sculpture. Like many artists working in the idiom of Abstract Expressionism, Pousette-Dart also experimented with sculpture and object-making. Aside from the important work of David Smith and Louise Nevelson, these creative experiments are little discussed. This conference titled, Reassessing Sculpture In and Beyond Abstract Expressionism, seeks to reassess this work and ask how it furthers, or indeed challenges our understanding of Abstract Expressionism.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • The sculptural and object-based work of artists associated with Abstract Expressionism
  • The relationship between sculpture and painting in this period (c. 1940s-1960s)
  • Sculptural or object-based practices as studio work
  • The status of American sculpture in the art market in this period
  • The exhibition cultures around Abstract Expressionism, and their relationship to sculpture
  • The relationship between the sculptural work of the Abstract Expressionists and the work of neo-avant-gardes

Submit proposals for a paper of 20 minutes to christie@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk before 5 pm on Monday 17 September. Your submission should include a title, abstract (of no more than 300 words), and a brief biography including, if applicable, your institutional affiliation.

The conference is convened by Kettle’s Yard staff: Dr Jennifer Powell, Head of Collection, Programme and Research, Dr Amy Tobin, Curator of Exhibitions, Events and Research and Christie Costello, Research and Curatorial Assistant.

For all general enquiries, please contact: christie@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk