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Richard Pousette-Dart, Angel Forms, 1952–53, oil on linen, 44 x 62 1/2"

Richard Pousette-Dart

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

Richard Pousette-Dart, Angel Forms, 1952–53, oil on linen, 44 x 62 1/2"

Richard Pousette-Dart was there right at the beginning. Though he is known for his paintings from the 1980s, which glow with pointillist orbs and spiritual awakenings, this exhibition, organized by Christopher Wool, of paintings and sculptures made in Pousette-Dart’s East River studio during the ’40s and early ’50s, reminds us that he was the youngest of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists. Some of these paintings have never been shown publicly, and others have not been shown since their initial exhibition at Betty Parsons’s gallery in the ’40s. The opening of this crypt thus exposes the work of a young artist from a very different era to a contemporary marketplace in which, as evidenced by the popularity of the Museum of Modern Art’s recent de Kooning and Abstract Expressionist shows, a once difficult and controversial movement has been repositioned and domesticated

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