Richard Pousette-Dart at Pace

Richard Pousette-Dart, Presence Number 3, Black, 1969, 80 x 80 inches, oil on li
Richard Pousette-Dart, Presence Number 3, Black, 1969, 80 x 80 inches, oil on linen (photo: Steven Alexander, courtesy of Pace Gallery)

Steven Alexander blogs about paintings by Richard Pousette-Dart on view at Pace Gallery, New York through January 10, 2015.

Alexander writes: "Not unlike the severity and radically of Rothko's last work, these paintings are an important departure from Pousette-Dart's earlier gestural works, and a tougher, highly simplified elaboration of his more overtly 'cosmic' pointillist paintings from the 1960s. Here the artist achieves a full realization of the metaphoric power of elemental form, creating undulating particular surfaces that coalesce into simple geometric configurations, while maintaining the sensation of perpetual flux. As Pousette-Dart worked his way out of the illustrative mindset of surrealism, he began to construct iconic objects that for him embodied pure transcendental energy."