The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive, fully illustrated catalogue published by the Museum in association with Yale University Press. It will include a foreword by Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, essays by Innis Howe Shoemaker; The Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Nancy Ash, The Charles K. Williams, II, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper; and Eliza Spaulding, the former Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation.
Richard Pousette-Dart was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was the son of Nathaniel Pousette, a painter and writer, and Flora Louise Dart, a musician and poet. Largely self-taught, he attended Bard College in 1936, but left to devote himself to his art. Inspired by artist and theorist John Graham, he became a key member of the Abstract Expressionist movement, though he eventually diverged to explore other concerns. Pousette-Dart taught in his later years at the New School for Social Research and the School of Visual Arts in New York and received the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Individual Artists in 1967. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1963, 1974, and 1998); the Museum of Modern Art (1969); the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1997); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy (2007), among others.
The exhibition is generously supported by The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions. The accompanying publication is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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