Art: Seeing The Far in the Near

A Midwest show reassesses the underknown Richard Pousette-Dart

The 50-year retrospective of paintings by Richard Pousette-Dart, organized by Joanne Kuebler for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, is -- quite apart from its intrinsic qualities -- a sobering reminder of how edited a picture of art history New York City's museums have lately been giving their public. Here is an American artist of real distinction, now 74, a contemporary of De Kooning, Rothko and Pollock, with whom he appeared in the famous photo of The Irascibles, the cast of Abstract Expressionism, in LIFE magazine in 1951. Nevertheless, he has virtually been dropped from the history of the New York School....

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