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Richard Pousette-Dart

Indianapolis Museum of Art

There is nothing post-Modern about Richard Pousette-Dart’s dazzling paintings—no cultivated detachment, no ironic stance, no disavowal of subjectivity, no sense of style as an arbitrary accoutrement one dons like this season’s new fashions. This large, well-documented retrospective underscores the single-mindedness that has sustained the intensity of Pousette-Dart’s work for fifty years, even as it has made him seem irrelevant for the latter part of that period, underscoring the fact that his paintings have never attracted the critical attention they deserve.

Early on, Pousette-Dart achieved minor recognition as the youngest Abstract Expressionist, although the enormous fame of other members overshadowed his accomplishments. In fact, his earliest works seen here do appear stiff and labored compared to paintings of the same period by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark

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