New York

Joanna Pousette-Dart

Moti Hasson Gallery

Much as it comes as a surprise, Joanna Pousette-Dart must now be regarded as a veteran abstract painter—the way we thought of her father, Richard Pousette-Dart, who, finally, has been transported to the higher reaches of Abstract Expressionist heaven. Echoing his slow ascendance, Joanna Pousette-Dart, now in her sixties, has been an underestimated painter for more than half her life. Thus, apart from the actual pleasures of making art, she also knows how singularly ungrateful the practice of abstract painting has become. As a vehicle for artistic expression, it is widely considered to be exhausted, a typology that matters solely in its historical manifestations from the early twentieth century through Abstract Expressionism. To be sure, there are exceptions—Brice Marden, Ellsworth Kelly; to name artists of a younger generation would encourage invidious comparisons that prove the rule.

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