Joanna Pousette-Dart

Joanna Pousette-Dart began making
shaped panels while working in the
American Southwest. Her perceptions of
the Southwest are realized in the physical
shapes of her paintings as well as her
glowing palette. She has stated that her
concern in these paintings was in creating
a sense of movement through space as
opposed to a fixed perspective. Drawing
those 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.
Joanna Pousette-Dart was born in New
York and continues to live and work there.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
from Bennington College, Vermont in
1968. She has held teaching positions at
Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah
(1972-1976), Hunter College, New York
City (1986-1999), and Yale University, New
Haven, Connecticut (1997). Her honors
include a John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Fellowship in 1981 and a
grant from the National Endowment
for the Arts (1989-1990). Her work has
been included in numerous one-person
and group exhibitions throughout the
United States, and is held in many public
collections, including those of the Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts;
the Brooklyn Museum, New York; The
Museum of Modern Art, New York City;
the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana;
the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New
York City.


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