Painting: Pools of Radiance

What can an artist do with a dot? A lot —if he is Larry Poons. His works are gigantic fields of solid color, spangled with hard-edged dots; when gazed at for any length of time, they seem to dance out and surround the viewer. They have served Poons very well indeed. His canvases have been snapped up, and his six one-man shows have all been sellouts, although his prices range up to $6,000. Still only 31, Poons has become a prodigy of the Manhattan art world, but he clearly has no intention of...