The Easel

The Democracy of Touches: A New Reading of Richard Pousette-Dart

In the iconic 1950 Life photo of the abstract expressionists, one of that select group was Richard Pousette-Dart. He shared their views about art but, unusual for that group, preferred the quiet life. From early on, he produced diverse thoughtful works, reflecting a seemingly untroubled inner self.  This output had a common element – “complex light infused compositions” – but, to his commercial detriment, no signature style.