Joanna Pousette-Dart began making shaped panels while working in the Southwest. Her perceptions of the area are realized in the physical shapes of her paintings as well as her glowing palette. She has stated that her concerns in these paintings were in creating a sense of movement through space as opposed to a fixed perspective. Drawing that changes from line to form and back again, winds through the paintings, interweaving the panels. Thinly built layers of color create shifts in tone, and a variety of media, create surfaces which absorb or reflect light and give the illusion of movement and change. The mastery behind her painting is her ability to combine these fluid shapes and physicality of the panels to create a rhythm, sparking in the viewer a meditative state, just as in observing nature.
Pousette-Dart was born in New York, where she lives and works. In 1968 she graduated from Bennington College. She received a Guggenheim Grant in 1981, and a National Endowment for the Arts in 1989-1990. From 1986-1999 she taught painting at Hunter College in New York, and was a visiting artist at numerous colleges and universities including the School of Visual Arts, the New York Studio School, and at Yale University, Norfolk, CT.
Since 1975 she has worked for extended periods in New Mexico. Her work is exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the country and she is in the public collections of Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Buscglia Castenallani Gallery, Citibank, New York, NY Cheniere Energy, INC., Houston, TX, Coopers & Lybrand, Houston, TX, Coudert Brothers, New York, NY, Lehman Brothers, New York, NY, McCrory Corporation, New York, NY, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, IBM, New York, NY, Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, IN, to name a few.
To 1 Nov 2008.
Moti Hasson Gallery
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